Cornell University
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Lee Humphreys

Associate Professor

Areas of Interest

Social uses and effects of technology, mobile technology, communication and culture, mobile social networks, new media & society


Lee Humphreys is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Cornell University. She is interested in the social uses and perceived effects of communication technology. Her research has explored mobile phone use in public spaces and emerging norms on mobile social networks both in the US and in Indonesia. Using qualitative field methods, she focuses on how people integrate communication technology in their everyday lives in order to facilitate identity management and social interaction. Her work also explores how people perceive privacy and surveillance issues around mobile social media. Her research also seeks to historicize new media. She teaches New Media & Society, Mobile Communication in Public Life, Qualitative Research Methods and the Sociology of Communication. She received her BS in Communication from Cornell University and her MA and PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.