Jessica Vitak

Assistant Professor (Affiliate-College of Information Studies)
Affiliate Faculty

Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2012

2117G Hornbake Building, South Wing
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Jessica Vitak is an assistant professor in the College of Information Studies and an affiliate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland. She holds a B.A. in Communication and Journalism from Elon University, a M.A. in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in Media & Information Studies from Michigan State. Her research evaluates the benefits and drawbacks of mediated communication by focusing on the role that social and technical affordances shape interactions online. She is currently engaged in several research projects around how individuals and families navigate privacy online and how privacy concerns influence disclosures. She primarily publishes in JCMC and New Media & Society, and is an active participant in the Communication & Technology Division of ICA. In 2015, she received an ADVANCE Seed Grant with two journalism professors to study online misogyny, and serves as the faculty mentor for a Future of Information Alliance (FIA) seed grant evaluating solutions to mitigate cyberbullying. More information on her research and teaching can be found on her website,