Department of Communication Studies

Sarina Chen

Associate Professor, Ph.D., Mass Communication

Research Interests

My research area centers on information technologies and social structures.

Courses Taught

Mass Communication & Society, Communication Theory, Communication Research Methods

Personal/Professional Interests

I study the impacts of information technologies on the experience of the self, and the structures of social relationships.  I am the co-editor of Information Technologies and Social Orders (1996) by Carl J. Couch, Online Research Methods: Methods, Issues and Ethics (2004), and Symbolic Interaction and New Social Media (2014).  I was the editor of Iowa Journal of Communication, 1997-1999, winning Outstanding State Journal Awards in 1999 and 2000, presented by Central States Communication Association. I am a recipient of 2015 Outstanding Author Contribution Award, presented by Emerald Literati Network for Excellence, London, UK. I am also the founder and program manager of Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research ( since 2000.


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