About Me


Fall 2017: I will be a Graduate Student Instructor for two classes with Nicole Ellison: SI 315 –  Interpersonal and Psychological Implications of Social Media and SI 429 – Online Communities.

ICA – May 25 to 29/2017: Presented our paper on availability preferences and daily interaction (see also our paper on rejection sensitivity) & served on a panel on the Identity Shift theory. Email me at dieptl@umich.edu for a copy of our paper.

April 19, 2017: Received the Rackham Summer Award ($8,000) for my research proposal with Nicole Ellison on invisible behaviors on and beyond social network sites.

Feb 17, 2017: Received a Top Paper Award at the Communication and Technology division of International Communication Association conference for my paper on availability preferences, quality of daily interactions, and social capital!


I am a PhD student in the University of Michigan School of Information, advised by Dr. Nicole Ellison.

I see myself at the intersection of Information and Communication, with strong influence from my undergraduate background in psychology. Specifically, my research interests concern how interpersonal processes unfold via a range of communication technologies, particularly social media. I also look at identity processes, notably self-presentation and impression management, on social media in my work.

I am a member of the Social Media Research Lab and the Michigan Interactive and Social Computing Group (MISC) at UMSI.

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