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Nazanin Andalibi

Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information and Assistant Professor of Digital Studies Institute, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Email: andalibi@umich.edu Phone: 734/763-1460
Office: School of Information/105 S State St. Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes Personal website

Biography

I use mixed methods to investigate social media’s use and roles in relation to self-disclosure, social support exchange, and other disclosure behavior outcomes and responses to them. I concentrate on experiences that can be distressing, traumatizing, isolating, or stigmatized, and contribute to poor wellbeing. Broadly, in these contexts, I address how we can design social computing systems that facilitate beneficial sensitive disclosures and desired disclosure outcomes such as (but not limited to) exchanging social support, meaningful interactions, reciprocal disclosures, and reduced stigma. Some contexts my work has focused on in the past include: mental health, sexual abuse, and pregnancy loss.

The research trajectory described above focuses on other social media users as information/disclosure recipients. I also investigate people's attitudes and concerns when companies and algorithms are audiences or recipients of one's sensitive information. This work goes beyond social media applications to include other types of social technologies. I critically examine the ways emerging technologies such as emotion artificial intelligence may engage with humans in times of distress or in otherwise private and personal settings. I explore the extent to which designing these technologies is appropriate in different contexts, and investigate what it would take for them to be sensitive to and foreground people's values, needs, and desires.

Areas of interest

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI); Social Computing, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW); Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC); social media; social technologies, stigma, & distress; marginality; self-disclosure & privacy; social support; wellbeing; reproductive health; emotion artificial intelligence and ethics.

Education

PhD Information Studies, Drexel University

MS Socio-technical Systems, Stevens Institute of Technology

BS Theoretical Computer Science, Sharif University of Technology

News

"PrivacyCon. Federal Trade Commission. November 1, 2022. www.ftc.gov. Free. Panelists: Consumer Surveillance. Nazanin Andalibi. Assistant professor, UMSI. 9:25 am. Children's privacy. Kaiwen Sun. PhD student, UMSI. 1 pm."
UMSI researchers to speak as panelists at FTC PrivacyCon 2022

Assistant professor Nazanin Andalibi will discuss emotion AI and the future of work, and PhD candidate Kaiwen Sun will discuss child safety in smart homes.

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"Reddit Mod Summit Keynote Speaker, 'The promises and perils of online communities for social support and wellbeing,' Nazanin Andalibi, Assistant professor," on top of an award ribbon. Headshot of Nazanin Andalibi.
Nazanin Andalibi to give keynote speech at Reddit’s Mod Summit

Andalibi’s talk will highlight her expertise in how social media can facilitate both social support and community as well as harm and exclusion for marginalized people.

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