(Fall 2016 Cohort)
M.A.: Ball State University
Specialization: Computer-mediated communication, interpersonal communication
Elizabeth’s research focus surrounds Computer-Mediated Communication, specifically how various communication modalities interact with interpersonal relationships. Elizabeth has published peer-reviewed articles involving unwanted but consensual sexting and deceptive sexting in the journal, Computers in Human Behavior. While at BSU, Elizabeth completed a Master’s Thesis regarding deceptive text messaging, specifically the linguistic differences between deceptive and non-deceptive text messages and the actual detection of these deceptive forms of communication.
Current projects include the temporal relationship between sexting behavior and sexual intercourse between committed, casual, and cheating relationship partners; a qualitative examination that sampled comments from news articles involving teen age sexting to ascertain the opinions and beliefs of people who may not necessarily be involved in the behavior; and a big data project, through the Scripps SMART Lab, which sampled tweets from twitter to analyze sentiments of gun control and gun violence in the aftermath of the 2016 Orlando shooting.
Outside of research and teaching, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her dog, Sadie and her nephew, Adam Blakey, Jr.