Joseph Winberry is a Ph.D. student at the University of Tennessee’s College of Communication and Information. His research interests in community informatics, information seeking, and social justice help guide his work towards answering a central question: What is the role of information and technology in bringing about social change? Winberry’s scholarship has been published in The International Journal of Information, Diversity, and Inclusion, The Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, and The Library Quarterly among other venues. He has also received funding from the Association for Library and Information Science Education and the American Library Association’s Social Responsibility Roundtable.
Prior to beginning his doctoral journey, Winberry earned his Master of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee where he was awarded the 2019 Gary Purcell Award for leadership. He also spent several years working for non-profit organizations including the American Red Cross and the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee’s Office on Aging where he originated the organization’s Elder Abuse Community Outreach program. Winberry credits his time in the non-profit sector with inspiring a belief in using Library and Information Science research to help people make a difference in their lives.