Below is a list of my publications and presentations, with links where appropriate. You can view a .pdf version of my most recently updated CV (as of February 2023) here.

Or view papers by topic:

Privacy and Security | Data EthicsChildren and Families | Online Harassment | Social Capital & Social Support | Impression Formation/Impression Management

You may also have read that I have compiled a “CV of Failures” based on previous publications by other researchers. My up-to-date (as of March 2023) CV of Failures can be found here



Gilbert, S., Shilton, K., & Vitak, J. (2023). When research is the context: Cross-platform user expectations for social media data reuse. Big Data & Society, 10(1).

Vitak, J., & Zimmer, M. (2023). Power, stress, and uncertainty: Experiences with and attitudes toward workplace surveillance during a pandemic. Surveillance & Society, 21(1), 142-158.

Vitak, J., Liao, Y., Mols, A., Trottier, D., Kumar, P.C., Zimmer, M., & Pridmore, J. (2023). When do data collection and use become a matter of concern? A cross-cultural comparison of American and Dutch privacy attitudes. International Journal of Communication, 17, 471-498. [open access]

Pearce, K. E., Donohoe, D., Barta, K., & Vitak, J. (2022). Online social support for infertility in Azerbaijan. New Media & Society.

Pearce, K. E., Donohoe, D., Barta, K., & Vitak, J. (2022). The influence of social media discussion on son preference in Azerbaijan: Reinforcing norms, bargaining with patriarchy, space for dissent. International Journal of Communication, 16, 2456-2476.

Ellison, N., Pyle, C., & Vitak, J. (2022). Scholarship on well-being and social media: A sociotechnical perspective. Current Opinion in Psychology.

Huang, X., & Vitak, J. (2022). “Finsta gets all my bad pictures”: Instagram users’ self-presentation across Finsta and Rinsta accounts. Proceedings of the ACM: HCI, 6, CSCW1, Article 69, 25 pages. [pdf]

Shilton, K., Gilbert, S., Moss, E., Bietz, M., Fiesler, C., Metcalf, J., Vitak, J., & Zimmer, M. (2021). Excavating awareness and power in data science: A manifesto for trustworthy pervasive data research. Big Data & Society. [open access] [pdf]

Fox, J., Pearce, K.E., Massanari, A., Riles, J.M., Szulc, L., Ranjit, Y., Trevisan, F., Soriano, C.R.R., Vitak, J., Arora, P., Ahn, S.J., Alper, M., Gambino, A., Gonazalez, C., Lynch, T., Williamson, L.D., & Gonzales, A.L. (2021). Open science, closed doors? Countering marginalization through an agenda for ethical, inclusive research in communication. Journal of Communication, 71(5), 764–784. doi: [pdf]

Gilbert, S., Vitak, J., & Shilton, K. (2021). Measuring Americans’ comfort with research uses of their social media data. Social Media + Society, 7(3).

Ahn, S. J., Cripe, E. T., Foucault Welles, B., McGregor, S., Pearce, K. E., Usher, N., & Vitak, J. (2021). Academic caregivers on organizational and community resilience in academia (Fuck individual resilience). Communication, Culture, and Critique, 14(2), 301-305.

Kumar, P.C., Subramaniam, M., Vitak, J., Clegg, T.L., & Chetty, M. (2020). Strengthening children’s privacy literacy through contextual integrity. Media and Communication, 8(4), 175-184. doi: 10.17645/mac.v8i4.3236 [open access]

Hargittai, E., Redmiles, E., Vitak, J., & Zimmer, M. (2020). Americans’ willingness to adopt a COVID-19 tracking app: The role of app distributor. First Monday, 25(11). [open access]

Wisniewski, P., Badillo-Urquiola, K., Ashktorab, Z., & Vitak, J. (2020). Happiness and fear: Using emotions as a lens to disentangle how users felt about the launch of Facebook reactions. Transactions on Social Computing, 3(4), Article 20. [pdf]

Vitak, J. & Zimmer, M. (2020). More than just privacy: Using contextual integrity to evaluate the long-term risks from COVID-19 surveillance technologies. Social Media and Society. [open access]

Chadha, K., Steiner, L., Vitak, J., & Ashktorab, Z. (2020). Women’s responses to online harassment. International Journal of Communication, 14, 239-257. [open access]

Wu, P., Vitak, J., & Zimmer, M. (2020). A contextual approach to information privacy research. JASIST, 71, 485-490.

Zimmer, M., Kumar, P., Vitak, J., Liao, Y., & Kritikos, K. (2020). “There’s nothing really they can do with this information”: Unpacking how users manage privacy boundaries for personal fitness information. Information, Communication, and Society, 23(7), 1020-1037. [pdf]

Huang, X., Vitak, J., & Tausczik, Y. (2020). “You don’t have to know my past”: How WeChat Moments users manage their evolving self-presentations. Proceedings of the 2020 Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Paper No. 468). New York: ACM. [pdf]

Vitak, J., & Shilton, K. (2020). Trust, privacy and security, and accessibility considerations when conducting mobile technologies research with older adults. Report prepared for the Steering Committee for Mobile Technology for Adaptive Aging. Washington, DC: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. [pdf]

Morehouse, S., Vitak, J., Subramaniam, M., & Liao, Y. (2020). Creating a library privacy policy by focusing on patron interactions. In: Sundqvist A., Berget G., Nolin J., Skjerdingstad K. (eds) Sustainable Digital Communities. iConference 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 12051, 571-578. Springer, Cham. [pdf]

Subramaniam, M., Kumar, P., Morehouse, S., Liao, Y., & Vitak, J. (2019). Leveraging funds of knowledge to manage privacy practices in families. Proceedings of the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology, Melbourne, Australia. [pdf]

Auxier, B., & Vitak, J. (2019). Factors motivating customization and echo chamber creation within digital news environments. Social Media and Society, 5(2), 1-13.

Kumar, P., Vitak, J., Clegg, T., & Chetty, M. (2019). The platformization of the classroom: Teachers as surveillant consumers. Surveillance & Society, 17(1/2), 145-152.

Pridmore, J., Zimmer, M., Vitak, J., Mols, A., Trottier, D., Kumar, P., & Liao, Y. (2019). Intelligent personal assistants and the article intercultural negotiations of dataveillance in platformed households. Surveillance & Society, 17(1/2), 125-131. [pdf]

Kumar, P., Chetty, M., Clegg, T., & Vitak, J. (2019). Privacy and security considerations for digital technology use in elementary schools. Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) (Paper No. 307). New York: ACM.  [pdf]

Liao, Y., Vitak, J., Kumar, P., Zimmer, M., & Kritikos, K. (2019). Understanding the role of privacy and trust in intelligent personal assistant adoption. Proceedings of the 13th Annual iConference, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (iConference) Lecture Notes in Computer Science, volume 11420 (pp. 102-113). [pdf]

Vitak, J., Liao, Y., Subramaniam, M., & Kumar, P. (2018). “I knew it was too good to be true”: The challenges economically disadvantaged internet users face in assessing trustworthiness, avoiding scams, and developing self-efficacy online. Proceedings of the ACM: HCI: CSCW, Article No. 176. New York: ACM. doi: 10.1145/3274445 [pdf]

Vitak, J., & Ellison, N. B. (2018). Personal relationships and technology in the digital age. In A. Vangelisti & D. Perlman (Eds.), Handbook of Personal Relationships (pp. 481-493). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. [email me for a copy]

Mathur, A., Vitak, J., Narayanan, A., & Chetty, M. (2018). Characterizing the use of browser-based blocking extensions to prevent online tracking. Proceedings of the USENIX Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) (pp. 103-116). Usenix Association. [pdf]

Kumar, P., Vitak, J., Chetty, M., Clegg, T.L., Yang, J., McNally, B., & Bonsignore (2018). Co-designing online privacy-related games and stories with children. Proceedings of 2018 ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) Conference (pp. 67-79). New York: ACM. doi:10.1145/3202185.3202735 [pdf]

Vitak, J., Liao, Y., Kumar, P., Zimmer, M., & Kritikos, K. (2018). Privacy attitudes and data valuation among fitness tracker users. Proceedings of the 13th Annual iConference. [pdf]

Vitak, J., Liao, Y., Kumar, P., & Subramaniam, M. (2018). Librarians as information intermediaries: Navigating tensions between being helpful and being liable. Proceedings of the 13th Annual iConference. [pdf]

Pearce, K., Vitak, J., & Barta, K. (2018). Socially mediated visibility: Friendship and dissent in authoritarian Azerbaijan. International Journal of Communication, 12, 1310-1331. [link]

Kumar, P., Naik, S.M., Devkar, U.R., Chetty, M., Clegg, T.L., & Vitak, J. (2017), ‘No telling passcodes out because they’re private’: Understanding children’s mental models of online privacy and security. Proceedings of the ACM: HCI: CSCW, Vol. 1, No. 1, Article 25. [pdf]

Dogruel, L., Joeckel, S., & Vitak, J. (2017). The valuation of privacy premium features for smartphone apps: The influence of defaults and experts. Computers in Human Behavior, 77, 230-239. [link]

Vitak, J., Proferes, N., Shilton, K., & Ashktorab, Z. (2017). Ethics regulation in social computing research: Examining the role of Institutional Review Boards. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 12, 372-382. doi:10.1177/1556264617725200 [pdf]

Sebescen, N., & Vitak, J. (2017). Securing the Human: Employee security vulnerability risks in organizational settings. JASIST, 68, 2237–2247. doi: 10.1002/asi.23851 [link]

Ashktorab, Z., Haber, E., Golbeck, J., & Vitak, J. (2017). Motivations behind the use of semi-anonymous Q&A social media platforms. Proceedings of WebSci ’17 (pp. 3-12). New York: ACM. doi: 10.1145/3091478.3091499 [pdf]

Vitak, J., Wisniewski, P., Ashktorab, Z., & Badillo-Urquiola, K. (2017). Benefits and drawbacks of using social media to grieve following the loss of pet. Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Social Media & Society (Article No. 23). New York: ACM. doi:10.1145/3097286.3097309 [pdf]

Bangasser-Evans, S., Pearce, K., Vitak, J. & Treem, J. (2017). The affordances test: A conceptual model for understanding affordances in communication research. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 22, 35-52. doi:10.1111/jcc4.12180 [link]

Rice, R., Evans, S., Pearce, K., Sivunen, A., Vitak, J., & Treem, J. (2017). Organizational media affordances: Operationalization and associations with media use. Journal of Communication, 67, 106-130. doi:10.1111/jcom.12273 [link]

Vitak, J. (2017). Facebook as a research tool in the social and computer sciences. In A. Quan-Haase & L. Sloan (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Social Media Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (email for copy)

Vitak, J., Chadha, K., Steiner, L., & Ashktorab, Z. (2017). Identifying women’s experiences with and strategies for mitigating negative effects of online harassment. Proceedings of the 20th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (pp. 1231-1245)New York: ACM. doi:10.1145/2998181.2998337 [pdf]

Vitak, J. (2016). A digital path to happiness? Applying Communication Privacy Management theory to mediated interactions. In L. Reinecke & M.B. Oliver (Eds.), Handbook of media use and well-being: International perspectives on theory and research on positive media effects. New York: Routledge. (email for copy)

Glasgow, K., Vitak, J., Tauszik, Y., & Fink, C. (2016). “With your help… we begin to heal”: Social media expressions of gratitude in the aftermath of disaster. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling and Prediction (SBP-BRiMS) (pp. 236-238). Washington, DC: Springer. [Best Paper Winner] [pdf]

Glasgow, K., Vitak, J., Tausczik, Y., & Fink, C. (2016). Grieving in the 21st century: Social media’s role in facilitating supportive exchanges following community-level traumatic events. Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Social Media & Society. New York: ACM.[Best Paper Winner] [pdf]

Ashktorab, Z., & Vitak, J. (2016). Designing cyberbullying mitigation and prevention solutions through participatory design with teenagers. Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. forthcoming). New York: ACM. [pdf]

Vitak, J., Shilton, K., & Ashktorab. (2016). Beyond the Belmont Principles: Ethical challenges, practices, and beliefs in the online data research community. Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (pp. 941-953). New York: ACM. doi: 10.1145/2818048.2820078 [pdf]

Pearce, K., & Vitak, J. (2016). Performing honor online: The affordances of social media for surveillance and impression management in an honor culture. New Media & Society, 18, 2595-2612. doi: 10.1177/1461444815600279 [pdf]

Vitak, J., Blasiola, S., Patil, S., & Litt, E. (2015). Balancing audience and privacy tensions on social network sites. International Journal of Communication, 9, 1485-1504. doi: 1932–8036/20150005 [link to open access] [pdf]

Ellison, N., & Vitak, J. (2015). Social media affordances and their relationship to social capital processes. In S. Sundar (Ed.), The handbook of psychology of communication technology (pp. 205-227). Boston: Wiley-Blackwell. [pdf]

Kim, J., Ahn, J., & Vitak, J. (2015). Korean mothers’ KakaoStory use and its relationships to psychological well-being. First Monday, 20(3), n.p. [link to open access]

Vitak, J. (2014). Unpacking social media’s role in resource provision: Variations across relational and communicative properties. Societies, 4, 561-587. doi:10.3390/soc4040561 (Open Access:

Vitak, J. (2014). Connecting in the Facebook age: Development and validation of a new measure of relationship maintenance. Paper presented at the International Communication Association 64th Annual Conference, Seattle, WA. [email for copy] [presentation–including CFA not in paper]

Brooks, B., Hogan, B., Ellison, N., Lampe, C., & Vitak, J. (2014). Assessing structural correlates to social capital in Facebook personal networks. Social Networks, 38, 1-15.  [pdf]

Ellison, N., Vitak, J., Gray, R., & Lampe, C. (2014). Cultivating social resources: The relationship between bridging social capital and Facebook use among adults. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 19, 855-870. [pdf] [Online]

Vitak, J. (2014). Facebook makes the heart grow fonder: Relationship maintenance strategies among geographically dispersed and communication-restricted connections. In Proceedings of the 17th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. New York: ACM. [pdf] [slides]

Vitak, J., & Kim, J. (2014). “You can’t block people offline”: Examining how Facebook’s affordances shape users’ disclosure process. In Proceedings of the 17th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. New York: ACM. [pdf] [slides]

Gray, R., Vitak, J., Easton, E., & Ellison, N. (2013). Harnessing social technology in students’ transition to college: Facebook’s role in student adjustment and persistence. Computers & Education, 67, 193-207. doi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2013.02.02 [pdf]

Ellison, N., Gray, R., Vitak, J., Lampe, C., & Fiore, A. (2013). Calling All Facebook Friends: Exploring requests for help on Facebook. In Proceedings of the 7th annual International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (pp. forthcoming). Washington, DC: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. [pdf]

Lampe, C., Vitak, J., & Ellison, N. (2013). Users and nonusers: Interactions between levels of Facebook adoption and social capital. In Proceedings of the 16th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (pp. 809-820). New York: ACM. doi: 10.1145/2441776.2441867 [PPT] [pdf]

Vitak, J., & Ellison, N. (2013). “There’s a network out there you might as well tap”: Exploring the benefits of and barriers to exchanging informational and support-based resources on Facebook. New Media & Society, 15, 243-259. [link][pdf]

Gray, R., Ellison, N., Vitak, J., & Lampe, C. (2013). Who wants to know? Question-asking and answering practices among Facebook users. In Proceedings of the 16th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (pp. 1213-1224). New York: ACM. doi: 10.1145/2441776.2441913 [pdf]

Carr, C., Vitak, J., & McLaughlin, C. (2013). Strength of social cues in online impression formation: Expanding the SIDE model. Communication Research, 40, 261-281. doi: 10.1177/00936502 [link]

Vitak, J. (2012). The impact of context collapse and privacy on social network site disclosures. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 56(4), 451-470. doi: 10.1080/08838151.2012.732140 [pdf]

Stutzman, F., Vitak, J., Ellison, N., Gray, R., & Lampe, C. (2012). Privacy in interaction: Exploring disclosure and social capital in Facebook. In Proceedings of the 6th annual International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM). Washington, DC: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.[20% acceptance rate] [Top Paper Candidate] [pdf]

Lampe, C., Vitak, J., Gray, R., & Ellison, N. (2012). Perceptions of Facebook’s value as an information source. In Proceedings of the 2012 Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York: ACM. [pdf]

McLaughlin, C., & Vitak, J. (2012). Norm evolution and violation on Facebook. New Media & Society, 14, 299-315. doi: 10.1177/1461444811412712 [18/67 in Communication; Impact Factor: 1.091]  [link] [pdf]

Vitak, J., Lampe, C., Ellison, N., & Gray, R. (2012). “Why won’t you be my Facebook Friend?”: Strategies for dealing with context collapse in the workplace. In Proceedings of the 7th Annual iConference (pp. 555-557)New York: ACM. doi: 10.1145/2132176.2132286 [pdf]

Steinfield, C., Ellison, N., Lampe, C., & Vitak, J.(2012). Online social network sites and the concept of social capital. In F. L. F. Lee, L. Leung, J. L. Qui, & D. S. C. Chu (Eds.), The Internet turning 40. New York: Routledge. [pdf]

Ellison, N., Vitak, J., Steinfield, C., Gray, R., & Lampe, C. (2011). Negotiating privacy concerns and social capital needs in a social media environment. In S. Trepte & L. Reinecke (Eds.), Privacy online: Perspectives on privacy and self-disclosure in the social web (pp. 19-32). New York: Springer. [link] [pdf]

Ellison, N., Lampe, C., Steinfield, C., & Vitak, J. (2011). With a little help from my  Friends: Social network sites and social capital. In Z. Papacharissi (Ed.), The networked self: Identity, community and culture on social network sites (pp. 124-145). New York: Routledge. [link]

Lampe, C., Wohn, D. Y., Vitak, J., Ellison, N., & Wash, R. (2011). Student use of Facebook for organizing collaborative classroom activities. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 6, 329-347. doi: 10.1007/s11412-011-9115-y  [link] [pdf]

Vitak, J., Crouse, J., & LaRose, R. (2011). Personal Internet use at work: Understanding cyberslacking. Computers in Human Behavior, 27, 1751-1759. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2011.03.002  [link] [pdf]

Vitak, J., Zube, P., Smock, A., Carr, C., Ellison, N., & Lampe, C. (2011). It’s complicated: Facebook users’ political participation in the 2008 election. Cyberpsychology, Behavior & Social Networking, 14, 107-114.  doi:10.1089/cyber.2009.0226 [link] [pdf]

Wohn, D. Y., Lampe, C., Vitak, J., & Ellison, N. (2011). Coordinating the ordinary: Social information uses of Facebook by adults. In Proceedings of the 6th Annual iConference (pp. 340-347). New York: ACM.  [pdf]

Vitak, J., Ellison, N., & Steinfield, C. (2011). The ties that bond: Re-examining the relationship between Facebook use and bonding social capital. In Proceedings of the 44th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (CD-ROM). Computer Society Press.  [pdf]

McLaughlin, C., Vitak, J., & Crouse, J. (2011). Online identity construction and expectation of future interaction. In Proceedings of the 44th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (CD-ROM). Computer Society Press. [pdf]

Wohn, D. Y., Lampe, C., Ellison, N., Wash, R., & Vitak, J. (2011). The “S” in social network games: Initiating, maintaining, and enhancing relationships. In Proceedings of the 44th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (CD-ROM). Computer Society Press. [pdf]


[Colloquium Talk] “I like it….whatever that means: The evolving relationship between disclosure, audience, and privacy in networked spaces.” University of Washington College of Communication, March 12, 2015. [Talk available on YouTube]

[Guest speaker] “Are teenagers trendsetters in tech?” The Kojo Nnamdi Show (NPR–WAMU), December 17, 2013. [archived audio–click “Listen”]

Vitak, J. (2012). Keeping connected in the Facebook age: The relationship between Facebook use, relationship maintenance strategies, and relational outcomes. Doctoral dissertation, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.  [pdf]

[Guest Lecture] “Social media: Where we stand, where we’re heading.” COM-371 (The Future of the Internet), Elon University, October 19, 2012. [slideshare] [writeup] [YouTube clip of lecture]

[Invited Speaker] “Technology and relationships: It’s Complicated.” Summer Social Webshop, University of Maryland, August 24, 2012. [slideshare] [video]

Vitak, J. (2012, April). Protecting face: Managing privacy and context collapse in the Facebook age. Presentation at the 2nd annual Theorizing the Web Conference, College Park, MD. [slideshare] [video — my talk starts at 51 minutes in]

Guest Lecture, “Introduction to social network sites.” IS-303 (Fundamentals of Human-Computer Interaction), University of Maryland, Baltimore Country. [slideshare]

Vitak, J., & Bjornrud, T. (2011, May). Technology and social media: How to get the word out. Presentation to the Michigan Head Start Association, Lansing, Michigan. [slideshare]

Vitak, J. (2011, April). Theorizing the future of computer-mediated communication: The changing role of self-presentation, audience, and interaction. Presentation at the Theorizing the Web Conference, College Park, MD. [slideshare]

Vitak, J. (2010, October). “No Noobs Plz”: The role of salient group identities on interaction in World of Warcraft. Poster presented at Meaningful Play Conference, East Lansing, MI. [jpg] [paper-pdfv]

Vitak, J. (2008). Facebook “friends”: How online identity affects offline relationships. Master’s thesis, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.  [pdf] — please don’t cite this; it’s very outdated