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Liesel Sharabi

Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1205
Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1205

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 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 how we behave online and what it means for our offline relationships.

Dr. Sharabi’s studies have appeared in a variety of journals such as Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and New Media & Society, and featured in media outlets like New York Magazine, Men’s Health, Time Magazine, the BBC, and The Huffington Post. She also blogs about "Dating in the Digital Age" for Psychology Today. 

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

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

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