My advisor is Dr. Carleen Maitland and she is one of the faculty that epitomizes what is so different about IST when compared to purely technology-oriented schools. On the ITP triangle that we like to talk about in IST, she seems strongly the Information and People sides. Her doctoral work was in Institutional Economics at Delft University of Technology. I've known her long enough that I should be able to explain what exactly that is, but I'll save my readers a long, rambling attempt. I'll just say it is related to the academic area that I would consider Macroeconomics, but is more interested in the role of human institutions than in many of the broad generalizations you find in much of economics. (There is a Wikipedia post here, but I can't vouch for its veracity.) She earned a Master's degree from Stanford in California and a Bachelor's degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.She spend some time in the Peace Corps (very cool!) and shecurrently lives in State College with her husband and daughter.
Dr. Maitland's work here at IST has been focused on international telecommunications policy (cell/wireless issues in particular, information and technology issues for humanitarian organizations (often referred to as NGOs) () and issues of inter-organizational coordination issues (like supply chain management). Some of the classes she has taught at IST include: Information Technology in an International Context, Globalization Trends and World Issues, and Information and the Organization. She has published work in journals like The Journal of Information Technology in Social Change (link), and Telecommunications Policy (link) and has presented at conferences like International Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) and the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD).