Z543: Computer-Mediated Communication

Z544: Gender and Computerization

Z641: Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis

Z642: Content Analysis for the Web



Department of Information & Library Science

Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering

Susan C. Herring

Professor of Information Science 

Adjunct Professor of Linguistics

Fellow, Center for Social Informatics 

Director, Center for Computer-Mediated Communication

Past Editor, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

Current Editor, Language@Internet

Mailing address:

Department of Information & Library Science
700 N. Woodlawn Ave.
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47408 USA

Tel:  (812) 856-4919
Fax: (812) 85r-6166
Email: herring at indiana dot edu

Research Interests

My main research areas are technologically-mediated communication, multimodal discourse, and gender and digital technology. I am interested in understanding and describing the nature of these phenomena, their effects on interpersonal interaction, and their social impacts. I have also studied telepresence robot-mediated interaction, and I am fascinated by the concept of holographic telepresence. Recently, I have been thinking about the future of technologically-mediated communication, particularly the integration of AI into human-human communication and the implications of "deep fake" technology.

My current doctoral students are researching credibility and fake news; self-presentation through digital filters; (mis)construal of graphics in mobile messaging; social interaction through intelligent conversational assistants; and computational modeling of (inter-)disciplinary discourses.

Selected Recent Publications

Herring, S. C., Dainas, A. R., & Tang, Y. (2021). "MEOW! Okay, I shouldn’t have done that": Factors influencing vocal performance through Animoji. In Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media (Emoji2021).

Fox Tree. J. E., Whittaker, S., Herring, S. C., Chowdhury, Y., Nguyen, A., & Takayama, L. (2021). Psychological distance in mobile telepresence. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 151(July 2021).

Herring, S. C., & Chae, S. (2021). Prompt-rich CMC on YouTube: To what or to whom ro comments respond? In Proceedings of the Fifty-fourth Hawai’i International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-54).

Herring, S. C., & Ge, J. (2020). Do emoji sequences have a preferred word order? In Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media (Emoji2020). DOI: 10.36190/2020.05

Herring, S. C., & Dainas, A. R., Lopez Long, H., & Tang, Y. (2020). Animoji performances: "Cuz I can be a sexy poop." Language@Internet, 18, article 1.

Herring, S. C., & Dainas, A. R. (2020.) Gender and age influences on interpretation of emoji functions. Transactions on Social Computing, [Special Issue on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media], article 10, pp. 1-26. Prepublication version:

Konrad, A., Herring, S. C., & Choi, D. (2020). Sticker and emoji use in Facebook Messenger: Implications for graphicon change. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 25(3), 217-235.

Herring, S. C. (2019). Grammar and electronic communication. In C. Chapelle (Ed.), The concise encyclopedia of applied linguistics. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. Prepublication version:

Ge, J., & Herring, S. C. (2018). Communicative functions of emoji sequences on Sina Weibo. First Monday, 23(11) (5 November).

Herring, S. C. (2018). Emergent forms of computer-mediated communication and their global implications. LinguaPax Review 2017. World Language Diversity: Old and New Frontiers, Emerging Scenarios.

Herring, S. C. (2018). The co-evolution of computer-mediated communication and computer-mediated discourse analysis. In P. Bou-Franch & P. Garcés-Conejos Blitvich (Eds.), Analysing digital discourse: New insights and future directions (pp. 25-67). London: Palgrave Macmillan. Prepublication version:

Herring, S. C., & Dainas, A. R. (2017). "Nice picture comment!" Graphicons in Facebook comment threads. Proceedings of the Fiftieth Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-50). Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE.

Herring, S. C., & Demarest, B. (2017). "I'm the first video Voicethread–it's pretty sweet, I'm pumped": Gender and self-expression on an interactive multimodal platform. ALSIC: Apprentissage des langues et systèmes d'information et de communication, 20(1).

Herring, S. C. (2016). Robot-mediated communication. In R. A. Scott, M. Buchmann, & S. M. Kosslyn (Eds.), Emerging trends in the social and behavioral sciences: An interdisciplinary, searchable, and linkable resource (pp. 1–16). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. Prepublication version:

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