Duncan Friend

Doctoral Candidate
Primary office:
4060 Wescoe Hall


Duncan Friend received a B.B.A. in Accounting from Washburn University and an M.P.A. with honors from the University of Kansas. In his 25-year career at the State of Kansas, Duncan has been an accountant, system analyst, IT manager, and project director for large IT system implementations. He served ten years in statewide information governance roles on the board of the Information Network of Kansas and the Kansas State Records Board. At KU, he has taught classes at the undergraduate and graduate level on Information and Technology management.

Duncan’s research focuses on the forces shaping the creation and use of information at the intersection of technology, society, and administration, along with related impacts on archives, open data, and governance. He was recently a Principal Investigator for the State of Kansas Data Sharing Assessment project where he worked closely with Co-Principal Investigator, Marilu Goodyear, and Co-Investigator, Heather Getha-Taylor. Duncan has made presentations in a wide variety of government and academic settings, including legislative committees, IT conferences, and training seminars, as well as at the MIT Media Lab and the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science, where he serves on the advisory committee for the federally-funded Educating Stewards of Public Information Infrastructure in the 21st Century program.

Duncan was named an Edmond J. Safra Network Fellow at Harvard University for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Duncan can be contacted at dfriend@ku.edu or via Twitter at @LumpenData.


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