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John  Gathegi

John Gathegi

John Gathegi


Office: CIS 2027
Phone: 813.974.3520 (SI Department)



Dr. John N. Gathegi is professor in the School of Information at the University of South Florida, and a courtesy professor in the School of Mass Communications. Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Dr. Gathegi received his B.A. in Psychology from the U.S. International University in Nairobi, his M.A. in Political Science and Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and his J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law, also at the University of California at Berkeley. In law school, His areas of emphasis were in Intellectual Property Law, Telecommunications Law, Media Law, and International Law.

Dr. Gathegi started at USF in 2007 as the Director of the School of Information, before returning to the classroom. In the School of Information, he teaches a number of classes, including Copyright for Information Professionals, Introduction to Information Law and Policy, Business/Legal Information Sources, Internet Governance, and Research Methods. In the School of Mass Communications he teaches Media Law and the First Amendment.

Dr. Gathegi has previously been a professor in the College of Information at Florida State University and an adjunct professor at numerous universities in California. He has accumulated administrative experience from USF and Merritt College in Oakland, California, where he held various Dean of Instruction positions. He also practiced law in California for four years.

Dr. Gathegi’s main area of research is in intellectual property issues in information technology. His work has been published in various venues, such as the International Journal of Management and Decision Making, Journal of Education in Library and Information Science, International Review of Information Ethics, Government Information Quarterly and Library Quarterly. Dr. Gathegi has also published multiple books and book chapters, and currently has one in press; “Information Security for Managers” with a publication date of 2013.

Current Courses

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60798LIS 6409720Intro to Library Admin
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