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Nancy Baym

Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

Nancy Baym studies how people, audiences and workers such as musicians understand and use communication technologies in their everyday relationships. She is the author of Personal Connections in the Digital Age (Polity Press, 2010/2014), now in its second edition, Internet Inquiry: Conversations about Methods (co-edited with Annette Markham, Sage 2009), as well as dozens of articles and book chapters. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1994, writing the first Ph.D. dissertation on online community (later published as Tune In, Log On: Soaps, Fandom and Online Community; Sage, 2000). She was a co-founder and is Past-President of the Association of Internet Researchers and serves on the editorial boards of several new media and Communication journals. Before coming to Microsoft, she was a Professor of Communication Studies. She is a Research Associate in Comparative Media Studies/Writing at MIT.


Mar 28, 2024 @ 1:00 PM

Social Media and Well-Being in Context

The purpose of this discussion is to identify what we know and don’t know about how context influences the way social media is used and its effects on well-being.

Mar 16, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

Hindsight is 2020

Video & Podcast: Learning From our Past to Build a Better Future

Video & Podcast: A discussion on what today's builders should consider in the next iteration of the web.

Nov 18, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Napster@20: Reflections on the Internet’s Most Controversial Music File Sharing Service

Part of the Cyberlaw Clinic 20th Anniversary Event Series

VIDEO & PODCAST: Examining the direct and indirect legacy of Napster over the past two decades