Biographical Sketch
Dr. Stuart William Shulman

Dr. Stuart W. Shulman is the founder and CEO of Texifter, LLC and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the founder of the Qualitative Data Analysis Program (QDAP) at the University of Pittsburgh and the current Director of QDAP-UMass. Dr. Shulman is the Associate Director of the National Center for Digital Government and Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics.

Dr. Shulman is the sole inventor of the Coding Analysis Toolkit (CAT), a free, open source, Web-based text analysis software project, as well as the Public Comment Analysis toolkit (PCAT), and a new analytic network known as DiscoverText. The QDAP labs are fee-for-service coding labs that work on projects previously funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Mental Health (NIMH), the Smithsonian, and other U.S. funding agencies. Dr. Shulman has been the Principal Investigator and Project Director on National Science Foundation-funded research projects focusing on electronic rulemaking, human language technologies, manual annotation, digital citizenship, and service-learning efforts in the United States.

As Director of the NSF-funded eRulemaking Research Group, Dr. Shulman has organized and chaired federal agency-level electronic rulemaking workshops at the Council for Excellence in Government (2001), the National Defense University (2002), the National Science Foundation (2003 & 2006), and The George Washington University (2004). In 2006, he chaired a NSF-funded workshop at the University of Pittsburgh titled "Coding across the Disciplines," which brought social and computer scientists together to discuss annotation and computational science. He has recently chaired workshops on YouTube and the 2008 Election in the United States (2009), the Politics of Open Source (2010), and The Future of Computational Social Science (2011).

For six years, Dr. Shulman was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics, and he currently serves as Editor Emeritus. He was the 2004-2005 President of the American Political Science Association's organized section on Information Technology & Politics and for three years was Editor of the section newsletter, The ITP News. Stu is a former Oregon Tilth certified organic farmer and garlic enthusiast who teaches courses on American national government, environmental policy, sprawl, information technology, qualitative research methods, digital citizenship, governance, and service-learning. In the fall of 2009, he launched a software start-up, Texifter, LLC, which aims to help individuals, organizations, and crowds when they are archiving, filtering, searching, classifying, and analyzing large numbers of documents. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Boston University (Political Science and English) and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon (Political Science).


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Dr. Shulman is the majority owner of Texifter and therefore has a direct financial interest in the software applications mentioned on this site. A university management plan is in place to supervise the conflict of interest created by the ongoing commercialization of these technologies.