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Liesel Sharabi

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae
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Research Interests

  • Interpersonal and Relational Communication
  • Computer-Mediated Communication
  • Quantitative Methods

Dr. 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 may be changing modern dating and courtship. Some of her more recent studies have used longitudinal and experimental 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.

Dr. Sharabi’s work has appeared in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals including Personal Relationships, New Media & Society, Communication Monographs, and the Journal of Communication, as well as in media outlets such as New York Magazine and The Huffington Post. She also blogs about technology use in romantic relationships for Psychology Today.


  • PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign