Kendra Albright, Ph.D., came to Kent State in July 2016 by way of the University of South Carolina, where she was professor in the School of Library and Information Science and director of the African Studies Program.
Her teaching, research and professional activities testify to her strong global interests. She has taught at the University of Sheffield, the top-ranked library and information science research program in the UK, where she also served as Deputy Director of the Centre for Health Information Management Research (CHIMR). She spent two semesters as visiting professor at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs in Tbilisi (tib-a-LEE-see), Georgia. She has held leadership roles in numerous international organizations, including the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), Information Science Foundation for East Africa (ISFEA), and North American Information Initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa, which she co-founded.
Albright's primary research has focused on the use of information and communication to solve human problems, particularly in the areas of HIV/AIDS and domestic violence, while her interdisciplinary research agenda draws from theories and methods from psychology, economics, political science, and anthropology, resulting in extensive collaborations with other academic disciplines. She is co-editor of the 2014 graphic novel AIDS in the End Zone, which was written by teens incarcerated at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. The book has been featured in the New York Times and USA Today.
She was named a University of South Carolina “Rising Star” in 2011 and has received several research awards, in addition to having more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, more than 30 invited presentations, and numerous grant awards. She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Services.
Before pursuing an academic career, Albright was division manager for Information Services at Information International Associates in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where she managed a $2.6 million contract for the U.S. Department of Energy to produce up to 36,000 bibliographic records per year for the Energy Science & Technology Database. She also spent several years running her own research and market analysis consulting practice.
Albright holds a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Tennessee, with concentrations in Information Sciences and Information Economics. She has a Master of Science in Library Science and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development, also from the University of Tennessee.