Dr. Banks’ research is situated at the intersections of communication technology and human identity. In particular, she examines questions about the nature of human-technology relationships—from wearable technologies and smartphones to game avatars and social media profiles—and how those relationships influence a communicator’s sense of self. Theoretically, she draws from actor-network theory to examine identities as assemblages. Methodologically, she embraces qualitative and mixed methodologies, including novel integrations of social network analysis, phenomenology and grounded theory. Dr. Banks’ research has been published in such journals as "New Media & Society and Information," "Communication & Society," and she is a research associate at WVU’s Interaction Lab (#ixlab).
- Ph.D., Colorado State University
- M.S., Colorado State University
B.A., Mesa State College