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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.

Julia Fernandez, Media, Technology and Society
Julia Fernandez is a doctoral student in the Media, Technology, and Society program. She is interested in self-presentation and community formation on social media, particularly that of marginalized users. Prior to coming to Northwestern, she was a Junior Fellow at the Library of Congress’ National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, and a legal assistant at the boutique firm Harkins Cunningham LLP. She previously earned her B.A. in Media Studies from Smith College.

Matthew Heston, Technology & Social Behavior
matthewhestonMatthew 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. 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.


Faalon Andrews
Faalon Andrews is studying Communication Studies with a concentration in Digital Media, while minoring in English – Creative Writing. She is interested in the different usages of social media platforms and the opportunities that arise from growing platforms. She is also interesting in how it can influence consumer behaviors. She plans on graduating in June 2019.

Mandy Davis
Mandy Davis is majoring in psychology. She is interested in the attitudinal and behavioral implications of technology design, especially in regards to gender differences and efforts to use technology for empowerment. She plans on graduating in June 2021.

Curtis DeBisschop
Curtis DeBisschop is studying Human Development and Psychological Services with a minor in General Music. He is interested in researching the development of identity, language, and  engagement with education throughout time and cultures. While he focuses on psychology, he is interested in research in many different disciplines. He plans on graduating in June 2021.

Victoria Alfred-Levow
Victoria Alfred-Levow is majoring in journalism. She is interested in how offline differences, including gender, race, sexuality and geography, affect how users behave and present themselves online. She plans on graduating in June 2020.


Asmaa Aljuhani, Northwestern University

Huy Do, Northwestern University

Peter Du, Northwestern University

Matthew Faden, 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

Rachel Horowitz, Northwestern University

Jordyn Iger, Northwestern University

Ada Jing, Northwestern University

Minkyong Kim, Northwestern University

Yoko Kohmoto, 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 Shi, Northwestern University

Sarah Sinclair, Cornell University

Sarah Smith, Northwestern University

Daniel Somekh, Cornell University

Jenny Starrs, Northwestern University

Sei Unno, Northwestern University

Justine Yucesan, 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

Ashley Walker, Northwestern University PITCH Lab

D. Yvette Wohn, NJIT