About Me



June – August 2018: I will be a research intern at the Microsoft Research New England Social Media Collective group, working primarily with Nancy Baym. My proposed research project concerns how people deliberate their self-presentation and lack of visible feedback associated with ephemeral Instagram and Snapchat stories.

May 2018: I attended the International Communication Association’s Doctoral Consortium for the Communication and Technology & Mobile Communication division, where I presented and received feedback for my proposed dissertation.

Winter 2018: I will be a Graduate Student Research Assistant for two projects with PI Christian Sandvig: (1) Beyond the Black Box: Understanding and Designing for User Expectations of Algorithmic Media and (2) Auditing Algorithms: Adding Accountability to Automated Authority.

December 8, 2017: I passed my field prelim exam and became a PhD candidate.

Nov 11, 2017: My paper–Who Likes to Be Reachable? Availability Preferences, Weak Ties, and Bridging Social Capital–with Joe Bayer, Nicole Ellison, Sarita Schoenebeck, and Emily Falk, has been accepted for publication at Information, Communication, and Society. [PDF]

September, 2017: I and my advisor, Nicole Ellison, have a forthcoming chapter in the A Networked Self and Love book, edited by Zizi Papacharissi, where we talk about the multi-channel perspective in interpersonal communication. [PDF]


Penny Trieu is a PhD candidate, advised by Nicole Ellison, in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, where she is a member of the Social Media Research Lab and the Michigan Interactive and Social Computing Group (MISC). Her research concerns how people can use communication technologies, particularly social media, to better support their interpersonal relationships. She also looks at identity processes, notably self-presentation and impression management, on social media. Her research has appeared in venues such as Information, Communication, and Society; Social Media + Society, and at the International Communication Association conference. In Summer 2018, Penny will be a research intern at Microsoft Research New England – Social Media Collective, where she will work with Nancy Baym to research the dynamics of interpersonal feedback and self-presentation around ephemeral sharing via Instagram and Snapchat Stories.

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