Research Areas:

  • Information and Library Science
  • Computer Mediated Communication and Social Media
  • Gender and Information Technologies
  • Intellectual Freedom and information/data ethics
  • Linguistic and Computational Discourse Analysis
  • Media Studies
  • Social Media
  • Social Informatics

My main research areas are technologically-mediated communication, multimodal discourse, and gender and digital technology. I am interested in understanding and describing the nature of these phenomena, their effects on interpersonal interaction, and their social impacts. I have also studied telepresence robot-mediated interaction, and I am fascinated by the concept of holographic telepresence. Recently, I have been thinking about the future of technologically-mediated communication, particularly the integration of AI into human-human communication and the implications of "deep fake" technology.

Research Interests: discourse analysis; computer-mediated communication; language and gender; functional grammar; historical linguistics; Dravidian languages

Computer Science, Library Science
PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Linguistics, 1991
MA, University of California, Berkeley, Linguistics, 1982
BA, State University of New York at Potsdam, French, 1976
information science or systems library science
French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Tamil