University of Wisconsin–Madison

Kristin R. Eschenfelder

Professor and Director

(608) 263-2105

4217 HC White Hall | 600 North Park Street | Madison, WI 53706


PhD Information Transfer, Syracuse University 2000

Research Interests

Research fields – Scholarly communications, information/data policy, science and technology studies

Methods and methodologies –  I am open to a wide variety of methodologies.  I have the most experience with content analysis, interviews, focus groups, surveys

Theories – socio-technical theories, organizational and field level theories

Areas of interest –  Information policy, scholarly communications, data sharing and data governance, social aspects of ICTs, government information

Classes taught

603 Research & Evaluation Methods
LIS 751 Database Design & Management

Recent Publications

(2017) Eschenfelder, K. Shankar, K. Organizational Resilience in Data Archives: Three Case Studies in Social Science Data Archives. Data Science Journal, 16, p 12. DOI:

(2016) “Social Science Data Archives: A Trans-Atlantic History of Field-Level Knowledge Infrastructures from 1960-2004.”  Science & Technology Studies, Shankar, K.; Eschenfelder K.E.; Downey G.

(2014) “Governing the Data Commons: Controlled Sharing of Scholarly Data” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 65(9), 1757-1775. Eschenfelder, K.R.; Johnson, A.

(2014) “License Analysis of e-journal Perpetual Access Clauses” Journal of Academic Librarianship.40(1), 62-69, Mei Zhang, Eschenfelder, K.R.