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My teaching focuses on how we understand the effects of technology on society.
Note: In 2017-2018 I am on sabbatical.
SOC 2106: "Technology and Society"
This course critically assesses current theory about the intersection of technology and society. 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.
Please email me for a detailed course outline!
I am an Associate Professor of Information and Media Studies and Sociology at the University of Western Ontario. I received my Masters degree in Psychology from the Humboldt-University in Berlin in 1998 under the supervision of Dr. Herbert Hagendorf and my Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of Toronto in 2004 under the supervision of Dr. Lynne Howarth and advisory committee members Drs. Barry Wellman, Chun Wei Choo and Derick de Kerckhove. She engages in interdisciplinarity, knowledge transfer, and public outreach.
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.info
Visit our project website to learn more about our SSHRC-funded project on Digital Activism
Sloan, L. & Quan-Haase, A. (Eds.) (2017) The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods, London: SAGE. URL:
Quan-Haase, A. (2016). "Technology and society: Inequality, power, and social networks (2nd ed.)". Don Mills: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780195437836.
Quan‐Haase, A., Mo, G. Y., & Wellman, B. (2017). Connected seniors: How older adults in East York exchange social support on and offline. Information, Communication & Society. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2017.1305428
Schreurs, K., Quan‐Haase, A., & Martin, K. (2017). Problematizing the digital literacy paradox in the context of older adults’ ICT use: Aging, media discourse, and self-determination. Canadian Journal of Communication, 42(2).
Martin, K., Greenspan, B., & Quan-Haase, A. (2017). STAK – Serendipitous tool for augmenting knowledge: A conceptual tool for bridging digital and physical resources. Digital Studies, 7(1).
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.