Cody Buntain is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies. His research focuses on how people use online information spaces during crises and political unrest, focusing on information quality, preventing manipulation, and enhancing resilience. Buntain is also a research affiliate at NYU's Center for Social Media and Politics and cofounder of the Center for AI, Data, and Conflict. Buntain’s work has been covered by major news outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and WIRED.
Buntain is involved in several research projects, including a $999K DARPA grant to study social media in conflict zones and the newly established $20M NSF Institute for Trustworthy AI in Law and Society.
Buntain's teaching philosophy is driven by unconventional connections that engage students and yield real artifacts that contribute to student portfolios. His teaching experience spans several institutions, as he has developed and led courses at American University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and UMD. Prior to earning his Ph.D., Buntain ran the research division for a small cybersecurity defense contractor.
Buntain's involvement in various research projects and his teaching philosophy demonstrates his commitment to advancing the field of information science.