John V. Richardson Jr., Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Information Studies, UCLA



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In April 2013, I was promoted to emeritus status having served the UCLA community for more than thirty-five years as a professor of information studies, chair of graduate council as well as privilege and tenure, and as associate dean in Graduate Division (Fall 2002-Summer 2007). 

In some demand as an international consultant on developing information economies, I continue this work abroad having traveled to Eritrea, Russia (10 times since 1996; Fulbright Scholar, 2001), Tanzania (2010), Turkmenistan (an unprecedented 6 times including as a Fulbright Scholar in 2012), Uganda and Zambia. 

In retirement since 2013, I have developed further my specialty in family history, having taught an "Introduction to Genealogical Information Resources" and "Government Information." I write and publish in that area—see my latest book here which won the OGS’s 2021 Harrison Award. In addition, I give popular talks to local chapters of the DAR, SAR, and the Seaside Highland Games on DNA testing etc.

Last Updated:  14 October 2021. Created: March 1995.



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204 GSE&IS Building
Box 951250
300 Charles E. Young Drive North
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520

Email: jrichard (at)

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