Karen M. Wickett is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois. Her research areas include information organization, metadata and knowledge organization systems, data curation, and conceptual and logical foundations of information systems. Dr Wickett is most interested in the analysis of common concepts in information systems, such as documents, datasets, databases, digital objects, metadata records, and collections. Examining the assumptions and models behind these systems and artifacts can reveal bias and help us build more just information systems. Before joining the faculty at the iSchool at Illinois, she was on the faculty of the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, where she taught courses and conducted research on information modeling and conceptual modeling in data curation.