Michael Stern

Michael  Stern
  • Department Chairperson
  • Department of Media & Information
  • Room 409
  • 404 Wilson Road
  • Communication Arts and Sciences Building


Michael Stern


Michael J. Stern (Mike) is a Professor and Chair for the Department of Media & Information at Michigan State University.  Before joining MSU, Stern held research and academic appointments NORC at the University of Chicago, the College of Charleston, and Oklahoma State University. Substantively, his research focuses on theories of information seeking and digital inequality in the context of health. That is, his work focuses on the exclusion of marginalized and traditionally underrepresented groups in the areas of internet usage, social media, and mobile emerging technologies as they relate to health information seeking and other pursuits. Most of his work in this area centers on how diverse segments of society effectively use information and communication technologies and what this means to the future in terms of broadening inequality through access to information and proficiency in using these technologies regarding health information seeking, the “rural”penalty, health information seeking and communication with heath providers, educational opportunities, and economics.


Stern, M., Fordyce, Erin and. Felicia LeClare (Forthcoming) “Web Survey Design and Implementation: An Evidence-Based Approach” in Richard Williams (ed.) Sage Handbook on Quantitative Research Methods.

Stern, M, I Bilgen, C McClain, and *B Hunscher. 2017. “Can We Effectively Sample From Social Media Sites? Results from Two Sampling Experiments.” Social Science and Computer Review. 35 (6): 713-732.

Stern, M, I. Bilgen, and D. Sterrett. 2016. “The Effects of Grids on Web Surveys Completed with Mobile Devices.” Social Currents.  3 (3): 217-233.