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 January 2016) here.

Or view papers by topic:

Social Capital (general) | Information-Seeking/Q&A | Social Support | Impression Formation/Impression Management | Privacy | Context Collapse

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



Glasgow, K., Vitak, J., Tauszik, Y., & Fink, C. “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. [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. New York: ACM. [pdf]

Pearce, K., & Vitak, J. (in press). Demonstrating honor online: The Affordances of social media for surveillance and impression management in an honor culture. New Media & Society. [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]

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]

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]


Lenhart, A., Kahne, J., Middaugh, E., Macgill, A. R., Evans, C., & Vitak, J. (2008). Teens, video games and civics. Washington, DC: Pew Internet & American Life Project. [link]

Madden, M., Fox, S., Smith, A., & Vitak, J. (2007). Digital footprints. Washington, DC: Pew Internet & American Life Project.  [link]


Vitak, J. (in press).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. (in press). 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)

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]

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]


Guest, “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]