Maria Haigh

Associate Professor


Ph.D., Drexel University: Information Science and Technology
Dissertation: "Software Quality Revisited: Diverging Priorities Between Stakeholder Groups?"
M.S., Drexel University: Information Science and Technology
B.S., National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv: Faculty of Cybernetics


Maria Haigh graduated from National Shevchenko University in Kyiv with the degree in computer science (cybernetics) and applied mathematics and subsequently earned an M.S. in Information Science and a Ph.D. in Information Systems, both from Drexel University in the U.S. She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Maria researches information practices, policies, and institutions in the former Soviet bloc. She received a Fulbright award to spend six months teaching and researching in Ukraine. She has published multiple articles about online file-sharing practices in the post Soviet world and their relationship to cultural constructions of copyright. She also researches and has published several articles exploring the social construction of Ukrainian libraries and library education, and their co-evolution with Ukrainian national identity.

Courses Taught

210 Information Resources for Research
330 Electronic Information Retrieval Systems
410 Database Information Retrieval Systems

Sample Publications

Haigh, M. (2009) Two steps forward, one step back: Ideological and historical aspects of library and information science education in independent Ukraine.Culture, Context and History in the Post-Soviet World of Information Institutions, Resources and Practices 27. Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Haigh, M. (2008) The ‘Goodbye Petrovka’ plan: Moral economy of file sharing in post-Soviet Ukraine. 2008 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Information Science (CAIS) Vancouver, Canada.

Haigh, M. (2009). Making Ukrainians in the library. Language, libraries and national identity. Canadian Association for Information Science 12 (3): 141.

Haigh, M. (2007) Downloading Communism: File-sharing as Samizdat in Ukraine.Libri 55 (3): 165-178.