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Jenny Preece is an American academic who is the Dean Emerita (2005–2015) of the College of Information Studies, a Professor at the University of Maryland, and a member of the University of Maryland Human-Computer Interaction Lab.[1] She researches online communities and is known for her work on what makes such a community successful, and how usability factors interact with sociability in online communities.[2]

Jenny Preece
Jennifer Preece Head Shot.jpg
ResidenceUnited States
Alma materOpen University
Scientific career
FieldsHuman–computer interaction, Computer-mediated communication, Citizen Science
InstitutionsUniversity of Maryland, College Park
Doctoral advisorTimothy O'Shea


Life and workEdit

Preece gained her Ph.D. at the Open University, later becoming faculty there. She went on to be a Research Professor of Information Systems and Director of the Research Center for People and Systems Interaction at London South Bank University in London. At the University of Maryland, she has studied how online communities can stimulate and support social engagement.[3] Her current work is on citizen science and environmental education.[citation needed] Her work is described in Encounters with HCI Pioneers: A Personal History and Photo Journal.[4]


  • Jennifer Preece, Yvonne Rogers & Helen Sharp: Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd Edition (2007), John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0-470-01866-6. 3rd Edition (2011), John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 9780470665763. 4th Edition (2014), John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-1-119-02075-2, 5th Edition (2019), John Wiley & Sons.
  • Online Communities: Designing Usability, Supporting Sociability, John Wiley & Sons (2000) ISBN 0-471-80599-8
  • Human-Computer Interaction co-author, with Yvonne Rogers, Helen Sharp, David Benyon, Simon Holland, and Tom Carey, (1994) ISBN 0-201-62769-8

Preece has published papers on trust, community, and online etiquette, including the transition of readers and participants to community leaders.[5][6] In 2011 she was selected to join the CHI Academy.[7]


  1. ^ HCIL Faculty
  2. ^ Preece's website at UMBC.
  3. ^ NSF study as of 2011.
  4. ^ "Encounters with HCI Pioneers: A Personal History and Photo Journal". 2015-08-24. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  5. ^ OL Net biography, retrieved November 5, 2012
  6. ^ Jennifer Preece at DBLP Bibliography Server  
  7. ^ 2011 SIGCHI Awards, retrieved 2012-11-05.

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