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Dr. Liesel Sharabi

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae
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Areas of Study:

Interpersonal Communication 
Computer-Mediated Communication 

Research Interests:

Romantic relationships
Relationship initiation and development
Attraction, dating, and marriage
Multimodality and modality switching 
Online dating and social media
Communication technologies in close relationships

Liesel Sharabi's research primarily explores the uses, functions, and effects of communication technologies in interpersonal relationships. She is especially interested in relationship initiation and development online and how these processes are changing modern dating and courtship. Some of Liesel's more recent studies have used longitudinal, experimental, and content analytic methods to examine online dating’s influence on offline relationship outcomes. She also conducts research on multimodality, where her focus is on the increasingly integrated nature of online and offline communication.

Liesel's work has appeared in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals including  Personal Relationships, New Media & Society, Communication Monographs, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and the Journal of Communication, as well as in media outlets such as New York Magazine, Men’s Health, BBC Future, and The Huffington Post. She also blogs about relationships and technology for  Psychology Today.  For more information, please visit her  personal website .


B.A., University of New Mexico 
M.A., University of New Mexico 
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign