I’m an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at University of Connecticut, where I'm part of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. I'm also a faculty affiliate of the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (inCHIP), the Connecticut Institute for Brain and Cognitive Science (IBACS), and the Sustainable Global Cities Initiative (SGCI).
My research primarily focuses on information sharing as communication on social media. Specifically, I investigate the effects of using social media to learn about news, health, and science; and understanding how to address the growing misinformation and disinformation problem.
More recently, starting with my Fulbright Fellowship at Universität Duisburg-Essen in 2021, I have started research on algorithmic literacy. This research focuses on what social media users know about the algorithms that shape their feeds, the predictors and outcomes of this literacy, and how to better inform users about algorithms and their effects through design.
- $50K received with Steinke & Suk to study women in STEM on TikTokOur team has received funding as part of our college’s latest research initiative for our research on women in STEM on social media: Promoting equity, inclusion, and belonging: Examining women in STEM on TikTok (Co-PI; Steinke & Suk). Research in Academic Themes 2022 Funding Initiative, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Connecticut (UConn), […]Posted on November 2, 2022
- New publication: Older adults & privacy policiesObar, J. & Oeldorf-Hirsch, A. (2022). Older adults and “The biggest lie on the Internet”: From ignoring social media policies to the privacy paradox. International Journal of Communication, 16, 4779-4800. https://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/17146/3919Posted on October 17, 2022
- Funding received to study climate change misinfo on social mediaOur team (collaborators Mike Schmierbach, Penn State; Alyssa Appelman, Northern Kentucky University; Mike Boyle, West Chester University) has received $4,000 from the Penn State summer news literacy fund to develop misinformation interventions about climate change on social media this summer, which will be tested in future research.Posted on April 19, 2022
- New science communication publicationCapers, R. S., Oeldorf-Hirsch, A., Wyss, R., Burgio, K. R., & Rubega, M. A. (2022). What did they learn? Objective assessment tools show mixed effects of training on science communication behaviors. Frontiers in Communication, 6(February), 1–11. https://doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2021.805630Posted on February 1, 2022
- Fulbright in Communication panel accepted to ICAPerreault, G., Pearce, K. E., Bowman, N. D., Oeldorf-Hirsch, A., Kranstuber Horstman, H., Kingsley Westerman, C., Freiling, I., Dubois, E., Kaur, S., Dorrance Hall, E., Denes, A., Baykurt, B., Wirz, D. S., Bowe, B. J., Henrichsen, J., Friedlander, J., & Goodwin, C. (2022, May). The Fulbright experience in communication. Blue Sky panel to be presented […]Posted on January 14, 2022