Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch


Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2011


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., High, A. C., & Christensen, J. L. (Accepted for publication). Count your calories and share them: Health benefits of sharing mHealth information on social networking sites. Health Communication.

Oeldorf-Hirsch, A., (2018). The role of engagement in learning from active and incidental news exposure on social media. Mass Communication and Society, 21, 225-247.

Oeldorf-Hirsch, A. & McGloin. R. (2017). Identifying the predictors of participation in Facebook pictivism campaigns. Social Media + Society, 3(3), 1-11.

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.

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.

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). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 16-27.

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, 317-337.

Curriculum Vitae