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Liesel Sharabi

Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1205
Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1205
Biography: 

Liesel Sharabi conducts research on the ways communication technologies are used to develop, maintain, and dissolve interpersonal relationships. The focus of her research is on how technology is revealing and transforming basic principles of interpersonal communication. She is especially interested in technology's implications for modern dating and courtship practices. Much of her work in this area uses longitudinal, experimental, and content analytic methods to explore attraction and relationship development on online dating platforms. A primary goal of her research program is to better understand why we behave the way we do online and what it means for our offline relationships.

Dr. Sharabi’s studies have appeared in a variety of edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals such as Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Communication Research, New Media & Society, and the Harvard Data Science Review and featured in media outlets like New York Magazine, Bloomberg, Time Magazine, the BBC, NPR, and The Huffington Post. She also blogs about "Dating in the Digital Age" for Psychology Today. 

She is Secretary of the Interpersonal Communication Division of the International Communication Association and an editorial board member at Personal RelationshipsHuman Communication and Technology, and the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

She directs the Relationships and Technology Lab at Arizona State University. More information can be found on her website.

Education: 
  • Ph.D., Department of Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Research Interests: 
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communication Technologies
  • Relationship Initiation and Development
  • Attraction, Dating, and Marriage
  • Multimodality and Modality Switching
  • Online Dating Sites and Mobile Dating Apps 
  • Social Media Sites and Apps
  • Algorithms and Relationships
  • Social Interactions in Virtual Reality
  • Technology Use and Mental Health
Research Group: 

The Transformation Project

Summer 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 690Reading and Conference
Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 410Intrprsnl Com Thry & Resrch
COM 492Honors Directed Study
COM 493Honors Thesis
COM 499Individualized Instruction
COM 508Quant Rsrch Methods in Comm
COM 792Research
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 310Relational Communication
COM 492Honors Directed Study
COM 493Honors Thesis
COM 499Individualized Instruction
DSC 599Thesis
COM 604Theory Construction in Comm
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 310Relational Communication
COM 492Honors Directed Study
COM 493Honors Thesis
COM 499Individualized Instruction
COM 691Seminar
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
COM 310Relational Communication