Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch

Education

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2011

About

Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at University of Connecticut, where she conducts research in the Human-Computer Interaction lab. Broadly, her research interest is on the benefits of social media in terms of learning new information, civic engagement, and well-being. Specifically, her work focuses on the features of these communities that shape how we communicate with and through them. Her main line of research aims to understand the effects of the shift to engaging with news content via social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter on knowledge about and involvement in current events. Other projects include understanding the technology choices we make for diverse communication needs, the effects of information disclosed about us by others online, the use of social media platforms for seeking information, and the role of self-tracking apps in our health and our communication with online social networks.

Courses Taught

  • COMM 3300: Effects of Mass Media
  • COMM 3600: New Communication Technologies
  • COMM 4640: Social Media: Research and Practice
  • COMM 5640: Social Media Use and Effects

Research Interests

  • Engagement with news via social media
  • Information sharing in online social networks
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Impacts of communication technology
  • Mass media effects

Research Affiliations

UConn Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory

Select Publications

Oeldorf-Hirsch, A., Birnholtz, J., & Hancock, J. (2017). Your post is embarrassing me: Face threats, identity, and the audience on Facebook. Computers in Human Behavior, 73, 92-99. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2017.03.030

Oeldorf-Hirsch, A., & Sundar, S. S. (2016). Social and technological motivations for online photo sharing. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 60(4), 624-642. doi:10.1080/08838151.2016.1234478

Oeldorf-Hirsch, A., & Sundar, S. S. (2015). Posting, commenting, and tagging: Effects of sharing news stories on Facebook. Computers in Human Behavior, 44, 240-249. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2014.11.024

Oeldorf-Hirsch, A., Hecht, B., Morris, M. R., Teevan, J., & Gergle, D. (2014). To search or to ask: The routing of information needs between traditional search engines and social networks. Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW ’14). doi:10.1145/2531602.2531706

High, A., Oeldorf-Hirsch, A., & Bellur, S. (2014). Misery rarely gets company: The influence of emotional bandwidth on supportive communication on Facebook. Computers in Human Behavior, 34, 79-88. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2014.01.037

Schmierbach, M., & Oeldorf-Hirsch, A. (2012). A little bird told me, so I didn’t believe it: Twitter, credibility, and issue perceptions. Communication Quarterly, 60(3), 317-337. doi:10.1080/01463373.2012.688723

Curriculum Vitae