As a full-time tenure-track faculty member at Rutger's University, Shah's work primarily involves research on topics related to information seeking, information retrieval, information behavior, and social media.
"I'm working on various projects that study information seeking beyond individuals - whether in social networks/communities, or in collaboration," Shah explains. "I have recently received a research award from OCLC/ALISE to support my work on online question-answering. My work on social media has made an impact on several fields, including social and political science, archiving and preservation, and media studies. I also teach courses related to human information behavior, human-computer interactions, and information retrieval."
A tool developed by Shah, ContextMiner, recently received an award from the American Political Science Society. To read more about it, view the following news story.
"I couldn't be where I am without SILS," Shah emphasized when asked how his time at UNC at Chapel Hill prepared him for a career of teaching and research. "My professional training was strengthened by courses and especially research activities at SILS. Courses such as the doctoral seminar, human-information organization, and the seminar on college teaching helped me shape my thinking and career for academia. I was also very fortunate to have worked with Gary Marchionini, Diane Kelly, and Jeffrey Pomerantz, among other prominent faculty at UNC who not only supported my research, but also encouraged me to pursue it as a career."