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Alice E. Marwick


Alice Marwick

FMH 452

Twitter: @alicetiara


PhD, Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

Research Interests

Dr. Marwick’s research interests include the impact of social media, internet studies and new media theory, information policy, privacy and surveillance, feminist media studies, youth studies, consumer culture, celebrity, online identity and self-presentation.

Courses Taught

  • Intro to Communication and Media Studies
  • Communication and Technology
  • Digital Media and Cyberculture
  • Social Media


Alice has a PhD from the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, a MA from the University of Washington and a BA from Wellesley College. Her work investigates online identity and consumer culture through lenses of privacy, surveillance, consumption, and celebrity. Marwick was previously a postdoctoral researcher in the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England. She is a frequent presenter at academic and industry conferences, regularly speaks to the press about various aspects of social media, and has written for The New York Times, The Daily Beast, and The Guardian in addition to academic publications.

Selected Publications

Marwick, A. and Boyd, D. (2014) "Network privacy: How teenagers negotiate context in social media." New Media and Society, 10th Anniversary of Facebook special issue, lead article. Published online before print.

Marwick, A. and Boyd, D. (2014). "'It's Just Drama': Teenage Perspectives on Conflict and Aggression in a Networked Era." Journal of Youth Studies. Published online before print.

Marwick, A. (2014) "Instafame: Luxury Selfies in the Attention Economy." Public Culture, Winter.

Marwick, A. (2013). Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity and Branding in the Social Media Age. New Haven: Yale University Press 

Marwick, A. (2013). "Online Identity." In A Companion to New Media Dynamics, Hartley, J., Burgess, J., and Bruns, A. (Eds). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Marwick, A. and Ellison, N. (2012). "'There Isn't Wifi in Heaven! Negotiating Visibility on Facebook Memorial Pages." Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media 56(3), 378-400. Special issue on Socially Mediated Publicness (open access).

Marwick, A. (2012). “The Public Domain: Social Surveillance in Everyday Life.” Surveillance and Society 9(4).

Marwick, A. and Boyd, d. (2011). “To See and Be Seen: Celebrity Practice on Twitter.” Convergence 17(2): 139 – 158.

Marwick, A. and Boyd, d. (2011). “I Tweet Honestly, I Tweet Passionately: Twitter Users, Context Collapse, and the Imagined Audience.” New Media and Society. February 2011 vol. 13 no. 1 114-133

Marwick, A. (2010). “There’s a Beautiful Girl Under All of This: Performing Hegemonic Femininity in Reality Television.” Critical Studies in Media Communication 27(3): 251-266.

Marwick, A. (2008). “To Catch a Predator? The MySpace Moral Panic.” First Monday 13(6).