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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Amir Karami, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: School of Library and Information Science
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-777-0197
Office: School of Library and Information Science
Davis College, Room 213
1501 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Curriculum Vitae
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B.S., Industrial Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology 
M.S., IT Management, University of Tehran 
M.S., Information Systems, University of Maryland Baltimore County 
Ph.D., Information Systems, University of Maryland Baltimore County 

Other Positions Held

Faculty Associate at the South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality (CHQ) at the Arnold School of Public Health.


Dr. Amir Karami's research focuses on big data and text mining, medical and health informatics, data science, social computing/social network analysis and IT security in Web, mobile and social networks. His research was founded by ASPIRE, Social Science, SURF, Honors College Exploration Scholars Research, Magellan, SCAMP,  and SMART Research Grant Programs. His research team members have been hired by DOD, IBM, Goldman Sachs, Astellas Pharma, and CGI.  He also has external collaborations with  different universities such as JHU, Syracuse,  UNC Chapel Hill, and UMBC, and internal collaborations with some USC units including Medicine, Geography, Public Health, Political Science, Computer Science, and Psychology. 

Funded Research

Computational Analysis of the US 2016 Presidential Election in Social Media. PI: Amir Karami. USC Provost Office Social Science Research Grant Program. $15,019. 2017-2018.

Enhancing Situational Awareness by Mining Big Social Media Data in Near-real Time for Disaster Management: A CyberGIS Approach. Co-PI: Amir Karami. University of South Carolina Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE I). $14,861. 2017-2018.

Twitter Analysis of LGBT Health Concerns. Research Mentor: Amir Karami. USC Magellan Scholar & SC Honors College Exploration Scholars Programs. $5500. 2017-2018.

Course Revision Grant. University of South Carolina Office of Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. $1500.

Development of Open Source Sentiment Analysis Software. Research Mentor: Amir Karami. USC Honors College Science Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). $3000. 2016-2017.


Dr. Karami believes that teaching is an opportunity to share the excitement of knowledge with the curious minds of students. He teaches Introduction to Knowledge Discovery (Data Science), Knowledge Discovery Techniques,  Information Retrieval, Introduction to Computer Technology and Applications for Information Environment, Design and Management of Databases, Web Technologies for Information Specialists, and Information Networks . He also received the  2017 Two Thumbs Up Award for faculty & staff across campus who have been influential to students registered with USC Office of Student Disability Services.

Recent Publications

Karami A., Dahl A. A., Turner-McGrievy G., Kharrazi H.,  Shaw J. G.  (2017),  Characterizing Diabetes, Diet, Exercise, and Obesity on Twitter. International Journal of Information Management.

Shaw, G.Jr, Karami A.  (2017), Computational Content Analysis of Negative Tweets for Obesity, Diet, Diabetes, and Exercise , Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST)  , Crystal City, VA.

Hemsley J., Erickson I., Jarrahi M.H., Karami A. , (2017), #digitalnomads, #coworking, and #futureofwork: Discourses of Work and Mobility in Twitter , International Conference on Social Media and Society , Toronto, Canada.

Karami A., Gangopadhyay A., Zhou, B., Kharrazi H (2017),  Fuzzy Approach Topic Discovery in Medical and Health Text Data, International Journal of Fuzzy Systems (IJFS).

He X., Karami A. (2017), Examining the Effects of Online Social Relations on Product Ratings andAdoption: Evidence from an Online Social Networking and Rating Site, International Journal of Web Based Communities (IJWBC) .


  • Undergraduate Committee Member
  • MGO & Strategic Plan Committee Member 
  • Research and Doctoral Committee Member
  • TP committee member for Workshop on Analytics for Security in Cyber Physical Systems 2018 Collocated with ICDNC 2018
  • Reviewer for  IJFS, IJUFKS, IJIM, JIS, iConference, AMIA, ASIST, AMCIS, IEEE ISI, CHI, Southern AIS, ICIS