Zizi Papacharissi

Head of Communication Department
University of Illinois-Chicago

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Zizi Papacharissi (PhD University of Texas at Austin) is Professor and Head of the Communication Department at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Prior to moving to Chicago, she was Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research and Faculty at the School of Communications and Theater, Temple University. Her work focuses on the social and political consequences of new media technologies. Her book, A Private Sphere: Democracy in a Digital Age (Polity Press, 2010), discusses how we practice politics in a digital age. She also recently edited a volume on online social networks, titled A Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites (Routledge, 2010). She is author of three books, and over 40 journal articles, book chapters or reviews and has studied blogs, online journalism, social network sites, privacy, civility, self-presentation in digital environments, and sociability online.