PDL Team

​Composed of researchers from across disciplines, the Pitt Disinformation Lab (PDL) works to coordinate impactful strategies and policies to actively combat disinformation that meet the needs of communities on the ground.

The Team

  • Michael Colaresi, Director, Pitt Disinformation Lab, Co-Lead, Southwest PA Civic Resilience Initiative William S. Dietrich II Professor, Political Science, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences; Pitt Cyber Research and Academic Director; Affiliate Scholar, Intelligent Systems Program
  • Lara Putnam, Co-Lead, Southwest PA Civic Resilience Initiative, UCIS Research Professor, History, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences  
  • Malihe Alikhani, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, School of Computing and Information
  • Dimitriy BabichenkoClinical Associate Professor, School of Computing and Information  
  • Chris Deluzio, Policy Director, Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security
  • Jessica Ghilani, Associate Professor of Communication, Pitt Greensburg
  • Max Goplerud, Assistant Professor, Political ScienceDietrich School of Arts & Sciences 
  • Bob Gradeck, Project Director, Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center 
  • Adriana KovashkaAssistant Professor, Computer Science, School of Computing and Information 
  • Prashant Krishnamurthy, Professor, Informatics and Networked Systems, School of Computing and Information  
  • Yu-Ru Lin, Associate Professor, Informatics and Networked Systems, School of Computing and Information  
  • Sera LinardiAssociate Professor of Economics, GSPIA  
  • Michael Madison, Professor of Law and John E. Murray Faculty Scholar 
  • Amin RahimianAssistant Professor, Industrial Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering 
  • Beth Schwanke, Executive Director, Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security  
  • Jaime SidaniAssistant Professor of Medicine  
  • Jonathan Woon, Professor of Political ScienceDietrich School of Arts & Sciences

Research Associates

  • Beth Hoffman, PhD student, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health 
  • Nikunj Goel, M.S, School of Computing and Information
  • Minsu Jang, PhD student, Political Science, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences 
  • Jacob Otto, PhD student, Political Science, Dietrich School of Arts & Science
  • Sai Pradeep Peri, M.S., Information Science, School of Computing and Information