Catherine Brooks

About Catherine Brooks

Catherine Brooks (PhD, University of California) joined the Department of Communication in January, 2012. She holds a joint appointment in the School of Information Resources and Library Science. Catherine’s primary research interest focuses on day-to-day language use in online and learning communities. She is most interested in the social uses of communication technologies and the varied opportunities for the co-construction of knowledge, self-presentations, relationships, and identities, as well as the possibilities for emotional and health-related support that can emerge and develop online. Currently, she is undergoing research on an online support group for those suffering from anxiety, examining the ways in which ‘expert’ information is translated and how supportive messages function for an international and relatively anonymous set of members. Her research works across disciplinary boundaries and draws on a variety of academic traditions and methodologies. She teaches courses that focus on social media and human encounters with information technologies. 

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Contact Information

Catherine Brooks
Assistant Professor
Telephone: (520) 621-1366
Fax: (520) 621-5504
Office: SIRLS 3


Ph.D. University of California, Riverside, Education

M.A. California State University, Long Beach, Communication Studies

B.A. California State University, Long Beach, Communication Studies/Wilderness Studies


Courses Taught

COMM 209: Introduction to Communication Technology

COMM 311: Communication Technology Theory

IRLS 150b: Social Media and Ourselves

ESOC 313: Digital Discourse and Identity

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences