|I am the Karl E. Weick Collegiate Professor of Information in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, where I also serve as director of our PhD in Information program (through August, 2019). My Publications page has links to some of my publications, so please check there or Google Scholar for papers. If there is something you'd like to see that isn't linked, just email me and I'd be happy to send. Some of my favorite projects have been:
- I'm currently involved in two projects. One explores "bad behaivor" in virtual reality settings and the second looks at the relationship between clicking (activity) and attention in social media contexts.
- With funding from the Gates Foundation, I've examined the potential for social media to help low-income and first-generation college students.
My work in the area of social media and college access can be found here:
- Although I am not currently writing anything on the topic, I remain fascinated by issues around self-presentation in online dating environments. My favorite paper is probably "Profile as Promise" with Jeff Hancock & Catalina Toma.
- danah boyd and I wrote a chapter examining social network sites for the Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies edited by Bill Dutton, with a special focus on how they have adapted since our 2007 overview of SNSs (history, definitional issues, scholarship overview).
The final version is available here:
- Cliff Lampe and I received funding from the National Science Foundation to study ad-hoc collaborative processes, such as question-asking, in social network sites. Our most recent focus has been mobilization requests in Facebook - instances in which users post requests to their network for help via the status update. We've developed a lot of measures over the past few years, but we've also spent a lot of time refining our approaches. Information about the Facebook Intensity Scale (FBI) and other scales is available here -- but please note that our conceptualizations and approaches have evolved a lot since 2007 so please see more recent work for updated measures.
Please note I will be on sabbatical for the 2019-2020 academic year.