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Northwestern School of Communication

Jeremy Birnholtz

Frances Searle Building
2240 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
My research focuses on the mechanisms and dynamics of attention and self-presentation as these play out in online environments.

Area(s) of Expertise

Design, Human-Machine Interaction, Social Media
Jeremy Birnholtz

Jeremy Birnholtz’s research focuses on human-computer interaction issues, such as attention, online identity, and collaboration through the use of technology. He has lectured and published widely on subjects that include LGBTQ+ experiences online, young people’s attention to instant messaging, and deception in text messaging. Jeremy has served several stints as a Visiting Professor at Facebook, working closely with several product teams.


  • PhD, Information Studies, University of Michigan
  • MS, Information Studies, University of Michigan
  • BS, Radio/Television/Film, Northwestern University

Awards and Honors

  • Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University Office of the Provost, 2017-2020
  • Faculty Honor Roll, Northwestern University Associated Student Government, 2016-2018
  • Top Paper, Communication and Technology Division, 2016 ICA conference
  • Innovative Teacher Award, Cornell University College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, 2009-2010
  • Research grants from the National Science Foundation, 2009-2021


  • COMM ST 227: Communication & Technology
  • COMM ST 159: Computing Everywhere