People

 

FACULTY

Jeremy Birnholtz, Assistant 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.

 

POST-DOCS

Nicholas A. R. Merola
Nick MerolaNicholas A. R. Merola studies cognitive and social factors in technologically-mediated interaction. In particular, he is interested in how attributes of communication technologies interact with users’ cognition and behavior to subsequently influence their communication and relationships. Nick’s dissertation demonstrates the influence of metacognition in the formation of interpersonal impressions from an online profile. He received a B.S. in Communication from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.

D. Yvette Wohn
Yvette WohnYvette studies the social and psychological effects of computer-mediated communication in social media and virtual worlds. Her main area of research examines how non-conscious behaviors, such as habits, influence positive and negative outcomes in different contexts such as casual games, education, and computer-supported collaboration. Yvette has B.A.s in journalism and film from Ewha Woman’s University, an ALM in journalism from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Media and Information Studies from Michigan State University.

 

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Colin Fitzpatrick, Technology & Social Behavior
Colin Fitzpatrick Colin is a second-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).

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.

 

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Ashley Falcon
Ashley is a Communication studies major in the School of Communication with an anticipated graduation date of 2015. She has a strong passion for exploring how companies optimize their digital media to cater to various communities.

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.

April Quioh
April is a Radio/Television/Film and Sociology major in the School of Communication who anticipates to graduate in 2016. 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.

Reedhima Mandlik
Reedhima Mandlik is in the Medill School of Journalism pursuing a B.S. in Journalism with a concentration in magazine writing, as well as a B.S. in Psychology, and expects to graduate in 2016. She is interested in how availability of social media fosters communication and what unique ways individuals use to reach out to each other with the abundance of technology at their fingertips.

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.

Susan Zha
Susan Zha is a current sophomore majoring in Cognitive Science and Economics. She expects to graduate in 2016. Susan enjoys studying how people interact on social media.

 

LAB ALUMNI

Lindsay Reynolds, Cornell University, PhD 2013

Jordyn Iger, Northwestern University

Valentina Garces, Northwestern University

Barrett Leider, Northwestern University

Peter Du, Northwestern University

Asmaa Aljuhani, Northwestern University

 

COLLABORATORS

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

Sue Fussell, Cornell University Intercultural Communication Lab

Shion Guha, Cornell University

Carl Gutwin, University of Saskatchewan Interaction Lab

Jeff Hancock, Cornell University Social Media Lab

Eden Litt, Northwestern University Web Use Project

Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch, University of Connecticut

Stephanie Steinhardt, Cornell University