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.



Mike DeVito, Media, Technology, and Society

devitoMike DeVito is a doctoral student in the Media, Technology, and Society program. His research centers around the cognitive effects of new media on human social identity and information flows, including the formation and presentation of the self-concept through social media, trust in external memory, and lay understanding of algorithmic effects. Prior to coming to Northwestern, Mike earned both an M.A. in Media and Public Affairs and a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from The George Washington University.

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.

Madeline E. Smith, Technology & Social Behavior
Madeline E. Smith
Madeline 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.



Matthew Faden
Matthew Faden is studying Communication Studies with a concentration in Digital Media, while minoring in Business Institutions and earning a certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications. He is interested in discovering how social media may moderate conflict, contribute to social good, and promote human flourishing. He plans on graduating in June 2018.

Ada Jing
Ada Jing is studying Communication Studies and is also part of the Digital Media Module. She’s interested in understanding how social media can influence interpersonal communication and different consumer behaviors. She plans on graduating in June 2019.

Minkyong Kim
Minkyong Kim is studying Communication Studies with a concentration in Digital Media, while minoring in Cognitive Science and is also pursuing the Integrated Marketing Communications Certificate. Her interest lies in examining affordances users rely on to create and manage their online image and how their experiences with different platforms suggest relevant design implications for improvement. She plans on graduating in June 2018.

Sarah Shi
Sarah Shi is studying Communication Studies with an Integrated Marketing Communications Certificate. Her interest lies in understanding how different social media platforms affect how users perceive themselves and those around them online and offline. She plans on graduating in June 2018.

Justine Yucesan
Justine Yucesan is studying Communication Studies with a concentration in Digital Media, while pursuing the Segal Design Certificate. Her interest lies in examining how the design of different platforms and interfaces influence users’ behaviour and communication online, and how these decisions in turn imply further design improvements. She plans on graduating in June 2018.


Asmaa Aljuhani, Northwestern University

Peter Du, Northwestern University

Ashley Falcon, Northwestern University

Colin Fitzpatrick, Northwestern University, PhD 2017

Valentina Garces, Northwestern University

Jakub Grudnik, Northwestern University

Prarthana Gupta, Northwestern University

Bennett Hensey, Northwestern University

Jordyn Iger, Northwestern University

Barrett Leider, Northwestern University

Ang Li, DePaul University

Reedhima Mandlik, Northwestern University

Amol Mody, Northwestern University

Arindam Paul, Northwestern University

April Quioh, Northwestern University

Lindsay Reynolds, Cornell University, PhD 2013

Bria Maria Royal, Northwestern University

Carter Sherman, Northwestern University

Sarah Sinclair, Cornell University

Sarah Smith, Northwestern University

Daniel Somekh, Cornell University

Jenny Starrs, Northwestern 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

Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, Northwestern University

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