Faculty of Information & Media Studies


Anabel Quan-Haase
Associate Professor

FIMS Nursing Building Room 4089
Phone: 519-661-2111 x81405

Social Science Centre Room 5413
Phone: 519-661-2111 x86952

University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
Fax: 519-661-3506
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My teaching focuses on how we understand the effects of technology on society.
SOC 2106: "Technology and Society"

This course critically assess current theory about the intersection of technology and society.
Course Description:
Technology has become such an intrinsic part of our everyday lives in the West that we need to carefully consider its social, economic, and political implications. The aim of this class is to examine the intersection of technology and society by systematically analyzing technology design, implementation, and use. The course provides a solid understanding of the role of technology in society (historically and theoretically) and gives students the tools they need to embark on a critical and in-depth inquiry of our technological society.

Key topics include privacy, social networks, inequality, digital skills, and digital creativity.

In MIT 209: "Social Networking in Everyday Life" we explore recent trends in social media and how they affect how people connect to each other, information is disseminated, and our sense of privacy.

Please email me for a detailed course outline!

My research investigates the uses of technology and the effects of technology on society.

Key areas of investigation include:
Social networks/Social media/Digital social capital
Digital humanities/Ebooks/Scholarly digital communication
Internet studies/Social media/Computer-mediated communication
Serendipity/Chance Encounters/Opportunistic Discovery of Information & People

More information on the SocioDigital Lab and how to get involved are located at SocioDigital.net

Selected Publications
Quan-Haase, A. (2016). "Technology and society: Inequality, power, and social networks (2nd ed.)". Don Mills: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780195437836.

Brown, B.A., & Quan-Haase, A. (2012). ‘A workers’ inquiry 2.0’: An ethnographic method for the study of produsage in social media contexts. tripleC 10(2), 488-508. ISSN 1726-670X

Mesch, G., Talmud, I. & Quan-Haase, A. (2012). IM social networks: Individual, relational and cultural characteristics. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. DOI: 10.1177/0265407512448263

Quan-Haase, A. (2012). Research and teaching in real-time: 24/7 collaborative networks. In D. Rasmussen Neal (Ed.), Social media for academics (pp. 39-58). Sawston, UK: Chandos.

Rubin, V. L., Burkell, J., & Quan-Haase, A. (2011). Facets of serendipity in everyday chance encounters: A grounded theory approach to blog analysis. Information Research. URL: http://informationr.net/ir/16-3/paper488.html

Quan-Haase, A., & Young, A. L. (2010). Uses and gratifications of social media: A comparison of Facebook and instant messaging.

Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, 30(5), 350-361. Hogan, B., & Quan-Haase, A. (2010). Persistence and change in social media: A framework of social practice. Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, 30(5), 309-315.

Balayeva, J. & Quan-Haase, A. (2009).Virtual office hours as cyberinfrastructure: the case study of instant messaging. Learning Inquiry, 3(3), 115-130.

A Quan-Haase, AL Young (2010). Uses and gratifications of social media: A comparison of Facebook and instant messaging. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 30(5), 350-361.

Wellman, B., Quan-Haase, A., Witte, J., & Hampton, K. (2001). Does the Internet increase, decrease, or supplement social capital? Social networks, participation, and community commitment. American Behavioral Scientist, 45(3), 436-455.