Jeremy Birnholtz, Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Professor BirnholtzJeremy Birnholtz’s research focuses on human-computer interaction issues, such as attention, information sharing, and collaboration through the use of technology. He has lectured and published widely on subjects that include young people’s attention to instant messaging, interruptions in attention in seniors with chronic pain, and deception in text messaging.



Colin Fitzpatrick, Technology & Social Behavior
Colin Fitzpatrick Colin is a third-year PhD student in the Technology & Social Behavior. His current research studies impression management and interaction in location-aware mobile social networking applications. His previous work explored impression management in a social network for music (honor’s thesis, A.B. in ethnomusicology from Brown University) and the role of new technologies for disseminating cosmopolitan popular music in China (master’s thesis, M.A. in ethnomusicology from University of Wisconsin-Madison).

Matthew Heston, Technology & Social Behavior
Matthew Heston is a PhD student in the Technology and Social Behavior program. He is interested in social interactions between members of groups and organizations online. His current research studies anonymity and location based mobile social media applications. He earned his M.S. from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his B.A. from Bradley University.

Arindam Paul, Computer Science
Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 6.19.35 PMArindam is a second-year PhD student in Computer Science. He is currently working on understanding question-asking patterns and anonymity aspects in social media. Some of his previous works include reverse-engineering demographics of users from online ads, preventing Sybil attacks on P2P systems using psychometric tests, among others. He has earned an M.S. in Computer Science from Northwestern University, an M.Eng. degree in Software Systems and a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from BITS Pilani, India.

Madeline E. Smith, Technology & Social Behavior
Madeline E. SmithMadeline is a PhD Candidate in the Technology & Social Behavior joint program in Computer Science and Communication. Her research currently focuses on relational, supportive, and deceptive aspects of social media and is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She previously earned an M.S. in Information Science from Cornell University and a B.S. in Computer Science from Ithaca College.




Jakub Grudnik
Jakub is studying Mechanical Engineering while pursuing a minor in Computer Science. He is working on the attention management project, and is particularly interested in how social media platforms manage the attention of their users. He is expected to graduate in June of 2015.

Amol Mody
Amol Mody is studying Industrial Engineering while minoring in Asian Studies. He is interested in how people use social media to build and preserve relationships and create their own self-image. He is also fascinated by the differences in social media platforms and how they are used in different parts of the world. He plans to graduate in June of 2016.

April Quioh
April is a Radio/Television/Film and Sociology major in the School of Communication who anticipates to graduate in 2015. She is interested in what aspects of social interaction have been replaced or informed by the increasing inclusion of social media in our day to day lives.

Bria Maria Royal
Bria Royal is a Communication Studies major in the Digital Media Module and is also minoring in Psychology and Film/Media Studies. She is expected to graduate in the spring of 2016. Bria is interested in how underrepresented groups form networks online and the signification of race in digital environments.

Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is majoring in Communication Studies while pursuing the Integrated Marketing Certificate through the Medill School of Journalism. She expects to graduate in 2016. Sarah is interested in how the increased presence of social media sites have affected the way that students learn.

Jenny Starrs
Jenny Starrs is studying journalism, concentrating in broadcast and video storytelling, while also pursuing the Integrated Marketing Communications certificate. She expects to graduate in 2015. Jenny is interested in the ways people present and maintain their public identities through social media and how they maintain relationships in the world of digital contact.




Asmaa Aljuhani, Northwestern University

Peter Du, Northwestern University

Ashley Falcon, Northwestern University

Valentina Garces, Northwestern University

Jordyn Iger, Northwestern University

Barrett Leider, Northwestern University

Reedhima Mandlik, Northwestern University

Lindsay Reynolds, Cornell University, PhD 2013

Carter Sherman, Northwestern University

Sarah Sinclair, Cornell University

Daniel Somekh, Cornell University

Sei Unno, Northwestern University

Susan Zha, Northwestern University



Ron Baecker, University of Toronto Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab

Ravin Balakrishnan, University of Toronto Dynamic Graphics Project

Courtney Blackwell, Northwestern University

Jed Brubaker, University of California at Irvine

Doug Downey, Northwestern University

Sue Fussell, Cornell University Intercultural Communication Lab

Darren Gergle, Northwestern University CollabLab

Shion Guha, Cornell University

Carl Gutwin, University of Saskatchewan Interaction Lab

Jeff Hancock, Cornell University Social Media Lab

Mark Handel, Boeing Company

Eden Litt, Northwestern University Web Use Project

Nick Merola, Facebook UX Research

Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch, University of Connecticut

Stephanie Steinhardt, Cornell University

D. Yvette Wohn, NJIT