I am a social media researcher and PhD candidate living in Manhattan. I am undergoing my PhD at Rutgers’ School of Communication and Information, I received my masters degree in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University and received my bachelors degree in Communication Studies from The University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media. I am currently teaching both masters students and undergraduates at Rutgers and other schools in the New York area.
My work focuses on how young adults use technology in their attempt to develop romantic relationships and how their technology use manifests into other aspects of their development (such as the role of uncertainty and identity). My dissertation is an ethnography that follows young Jewish adults who use online and offline methods to date in New York City. I have specialized in various online platforms, including Tinder, Hinge, Grindr, Scruff, The League, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin.com, JDate.com, ChristianMingle.com and OkCupid.com. My studies have assessed social media through a variety of lenses, including impression management, interpersonal interaction, community engagement and identity negotiation. I am technically trained as a communication scholar but also draw on the disciplines of sociology, visual anthropology and science and technology studies. I specialize in ethnographic research methods, interviews and content analysis and tend to incorporate online and offline data collection.
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