Jeff Hancock

Jeff Hancock, Founding Director, Harry and Norman Chandler Professor of Communication

Jeff Hancock is the founding director of the Stanford Social Media Lab and is Harry and Norman Chandler Professor of Communication at Stanford University. Professor Hancock and his group work on understanding psychological and interpersonal processes in social media. The team specializes in using computational linguistics and experiments to understand how the words we use can reveal psychological and social dynamics, such as deception and trust, emotional dynamics, intimacy and relationships, and social support. Recently Professor Hancock has begun work on understanding the mental models people have about algorithms in social media, as well as working on the ethical issues associated with computational social science.
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Sunny Xun Liu

Sunny Xun Liu, Associate Director

Dr. Sunny Xun Liu is an Associate Director of the Social Media Lab at Stanford. Dr.Liu’s research focuses on the social and psychological effects of social media and AI, social media and well-being, and how the design of social robots impact psychological perceptions.

Ph.D. Candidates

Sabrina Huang

Sabrina Huang

Sabrina Huang is interested in studying how people form and maintain friendships and romantic relationships through the use of technology.

Angela Lee

Angela Lee

Angela is passionate about studying the psychological mechanisms that shape how social technologies influence our health, well-being and development in order to design targeted interventions. In addition, she is interested in exploring how new media and technology affect child and adolescent development, the parent-child relationship, and intergenerational attitudes

Mufan Luo

Mufan Luo

Mufan Luo’s research focuses on the psychology of communication technology, which involves the examination of interpersonal dynamics in computer-mediated communication (CMC) and social media affordances.

Danaë Metaxa-Kakavouli

Danaë Metaxa

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Danaë Metaxa’s research focuses on bias and technology: identifying the ways cognitive and psychological biases at the individual level shape our interactions with technology; studying political bias in search results and the web as a whole; gender bias and other social inequalities in social networks; and designing solutions to mitigate that bias.

Hannah Mieczkowski

Hannah Mieczkowski

Hannah Mieczkowski primarily focuses on the way new technologies mediate conversations between groups and dyads. She is specifically interested in AI-mediated communication, or when AI modifies or generates content in an interaction between people. Hannah also studies the association between social media and well-being, and is particularly interested in how different measurement tools can influence this association.

Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore studies how features of new media platforms and technologies affect the consumption, processing, and sharing of information, especially information about politics and news. In addition, he is interested in the role that age plays in internet and technology use, particularly as it relates to encountering deceptive or misleading content.


Megan French

Megan French is broadly interested in computer-mediated and interpersonal communication. She is particularly interested in how social media and technology shapes and reflects one’s sense of self and one’s relationships, with a focus on how people construct and convey their identity online.

David Markowitz

David Markowitz investigates how communication messages are affected by social and psychological dynamics. He uses computational approaches to gather and analyze language data in the areas of deception, persuasion, and distress. More »

Annabell Suh

Annabell Suh is generally interested in how technology impacts well-being and health, and also how language use can reflect various aspects of well-being or health.