If you are a prospective Ph.D. student and would like to work with me: You should apply and be admitted to the UMSI PhD program. You are encouraged to include my name as a potential advisor in your application (e.g., when you are asked to tag potential faculty advisors, and in your research statement). Some applicants may have seen advice here and there to reach out to potential faculty advisors prior to applying. You are welcome to reach out to me if you would like to, however, you should rest assured that I will see and carefully review your application if you have indicated interest in working with me, whether you contact me prior to applying or not. If you do contact me prior to applying, I may not be able to get back to you; if that ends up being the case, that is not a signal of anything; so do not worry! It just means I get way more emails than I can possibly attend to. My advice would be to just focus your energy on putting a great application package together. If you do email, my one advice would be to avoid general inquiries just because they are not very informative; for example, rather than expressing interest in a field like social computing or HCI broadly, I would love to know what research questions excite you and how you think about problems; What are the problems you care about and want to address? Why do those problems matter? How would you address those problems? It is truly a joy when PhD students expand my thinking and intellectually engage with pressing socio-technical issues.
I will not be recruiting new PhD students for the 2022-2023 application cycle. There is a slight chance that might change.
I also enjoy working with motivated undergraduate and master's students. If you are a current undergraduate or master's student at U-M (including beyond UMSI) and would like to work with me: Please read at least one of my publications. Then write 1-2 reflection paragraphs and summarize the article in your own words, stating what you found most interesting, and describing how you might extend this work.
Alternatively, if you are set on exploring a particular research question, please write an email that very clearly describes your thoughts as to why that question is important and how you think we could work together. What you write about will not necessarily be what you may work on with me, but this exercise allows me to understand your thought process, and assess whether there is a good fit between my work and your interests. Once you have done so, please email me and include your reflection paragraph(s), CV, and transcripts. If you are offered a position to join my research group, you will likely work with more senior members of the group such as PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.
If you would like to request a letter of recommendation from me, please fill out this form. Then email me to let me know that you have done so.
These are the fantastic people I have had or currently have the privilege of working with.
Postdoctoral Research Fellows
Interests: social media, social support, information seeking, marginalization, stigma, privacy
Co-advised by Nicole Ellison
Interests: population health, collective memory, urban social movements, health informatics, trauma-informed/inclusive technologies
Co-advised by Kentaro Toyama
Postdoctoral Research Fellows
Ph.D, Communication, University of Washington
Interests: social media visibility and vulnerability; disclosure and privacy; social media affordances; online social support
Former Student Collaborators/Postdocs
Other Student Collaborators
Interests: social media, usable and accessible privacy, algorithmic bias, storytelling, and personal narrative disclosure and persuasion