Manish Agrawal, PhD, is the Academic Director for Education at Cyber Florida and a professor in (and former chair of) the University of South Florida’s School of Information Systems and Management. He teaches information assurance, business data communications, and applications development courses.

An expert in cybersecurity, social media analytics, software quality, offshoring, and outsourcing, his research interests include extreme event response, social media analytics, decision fusion, and software quality. He is an avid researcher, and his work has been published in numerous academic journals, including Management ScienceMIS Quarterly, the INFORMS Journal on Computing, the Journal of Management Information SystemsIEEE Transactions on Software EngineeringDecision Support Systems, and the Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce. His research and teaching have been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum and Sun Microsystems. Before joining academia, Agrawal was a member of the Indian Police Service.

Agrawal earned a PhD in information systems at SUNY Buffalo and studied at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India.


  • ISM 6323/4323 – Information Security and Risk Management
  • ISM 4220 – Business Data Communications
  • ISM 6056 – Web Application Development
  • ISM 7911 – Seminar on Technical IT Research


  • “Effects of Project Owner’s Title on the Financial Impacts of IT Systems Integration
    Outsourcing Projects,” (2016), Shankar Prawesh, Manish Agrawal and Kaushal Chari,
    Information Systems Management, 33(3) pg. 199-211.
  • “A Process Model for Information Retrieval Context Learning and Knowledge
    Discovery,” (2015), H Hyman, T Sincich, R Will, M Agrawal, B Padmanabhan, W Fridy Iii,
    Artificial Intelligence and Law 23 (2), 103-132.
  • “Information Processing Under Stress: A Study of Mumbai First Responders,” (2014), Rajarshi
    Chakraborty, Manish Agrawal and H. Raghav Rao, Indian Institute of Management
    (Bangalore) Management Review, 26(2), pp 91-104.
  • “Message Diffusion Through Social Network Service: The Case of Rumor and Non
    Rumor Related Tweets During Boston Bombing 2013,” (2015), Jake Lee, Manish Agrawal,
    and H. R. Rao, Information Systems Frontiers, 17(5), pp. 997-1005
  • “Competition in Mediation Services: Modeling the Role of Expertise, Satisfaction and
    Switching Costs,” (2013), Manish Agrawal, Govind Hariharan, H. R. Rao and R. Kishore,
    Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, 23(3), pp 169-199


  • 2016–18: Co-PI on NSF grant #IIS1651475, $199,999, “EAGER: An Investigation of the Propagation of Error-Resistant and Error-prone Messages over Large-Scale Information Networks,” with H.R. Rao, Varun Chandola and Rohit Valecha (Project report)
  • 2014–18: Co-PI on NSF grant #1043919, $299,468, “Developing Open Authentic Case Studies for an MS in Cybersecurity Capstone Course,” with Grandon Gill, Randy Borum, and Robert Gardner


  • Department chair, ISDS, 2016-present
  • Conference co-chair, IFIP Dewald Roode Workshop, 2017
  • Member, WITS Program Committee, 2016
  • Member, USF General Education Council, 2011–13
  • Muma College of Business representative, USF Faculty Senate, 2009–12
  • Member, Faculty Advisory Committee, Center for India Studies, USF, 2010-present