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 July 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 (as of Feb 2017) CV of failures can be found here



Bangasser-Evans, S., Pearce, K., Vitak, J. & Treem, J. (in press). The affordances test: A conceptual model for understanding affordances in communication research. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. [link]

Rice, R., Evans, S., Pearce, K., Sivunen, A., Vitak, J., & Treem, J. (in press). Organizational media affordances: Operationalization and associations with media use. Journal of Communication. [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. forthcoming). New York: ACM. [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. 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]

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