Z543: Computer-Mediated Communication

Z544: Gender and Computerization

Z641: Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis

Z642: Content Analysis for the Web



Department of Information & Library Science

Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering

Susan C. Herring

Professor of Information Science 

Adjunct Professor of Linguistics

Fellow, Center for Social Informatics 

Director, Center for Computer-Mediated Communication

Past Editor, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

Current Editor, Language@Internet

Mailing address:

Department of Information & Library Science
700 N. Woodlawn Ave.
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47408 USA

Tel:  (812) 856-4919
Fax: (812) 85r-6166
Email: herring at indiana dot edu

Research Interests

My main research areas are technologically-mediated communication, multimodal discourse, and gender and digital technology. I am interested in understanding and describing the nature of these phenomena, their effects on interpersonal interaction, and their social impacts. I have also studied telepresence robot-mediated interaction, and I am fascinated by the concept of holographic telepresence. Recently, I have been thinking about the future of technologically-mediated communication, particularly the integration of AI into human-human communication and the implications of "deepfake" technology.

My current doctoral students are researching credibility and fake news; self-presentation through digital filters; (mis)construal of graphics in mobile messaging; social interaction through intelligent conversational assistants; abusive language detection; online metalinguistic discourse about language varieties; and crowdfunding through livestreaming.

What's New?

Language@Internet will be moving to a new hosting platform starting in mid-January 2024.

During the transition, the full journal contents will be available in the Internet Archive at

The Table of Contents for the 2023 volume, with links to the articles, is available here.

Selected Recent Publications

Herring, S. C., Dedema, M., Rodriguez, E., & Yang, L. (In press, 2024). Strategic use of video face filter types: Influence of audience, gender, and culture. New Media & Society. Prepublication version:

Ge-Stadnyk, J., & Herring, S. C., & Sa, L. (In press, 2024). Multimodality in digital discourse: Exploring image-text interrelations in WeChat sticker use. In C. Vasquez & J. Chovanec (Eds.), Experiencing digital discourses: Multimodality, engagement, activism. Palgrave Macmillan. Prepublication version:

Herring, S. C., & Ge-Stadnyk, J. (In press, 2024). Emoji and illocutionarity: Acting on, and acting as, language. In: M. Gill, A. Malmivirta, & B. Warvik (Eds.), Structures in discourse: Studies in interaction, adaptability, and pragmatic functions in honour of Tuija Virtanen. John Benjamins. Prepublication version:

Zhou, J., & Herring, S. C. (2023). Understanding the sorting algorithm: Emotion contagion and comment ranking on a politically polarizing news article. Language@Internet, 21, article 2.

Fox Tree, J., Herring, S. C., Nguyen, A., Whittaker, S., Martin, R.. & Takayama, L. (2023). Conversational fluency and attitudes towards robot pilots in telepresence robot-mediated interaction. Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW).

Zhang, Y., Herring, S. C., Tan, R., Zhang, Q., & Shi, D. (2023). From compensation to competition: The impact of graphicons on language use in a Chinese context. Discourse & Communication.

Zhang, Y., Herring, S. C., & Gan, S. (2022). Graphicon evolution on the Chinese social media platform BiliBili. In Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media (Emoji2022).

Herring, S. C., Dedema, M., Rodriguez, E., & Yang, L. (2022, July). Gender and culture differences in perception of deceptive video filter use. In HCI International 2022 - Late Breaking Papers. Interaction in New Media, Learning and Games. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 13517. Springer.

Herring, S. C., Dainas, A. R., & Tang, Y. (2021). "MEOW! Okay, I shouldn't have done that": Factors influencing vocal performance through Animoji. In Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media (Emoji2021).

Fox Tree. J. E., Whittaker, S., Herring, S. C., Chowdhury, Y., Nguyen, A., & Takayama, L. (2021). Psychological distance in mobile telepresence. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 151(July 2021).

Herring, S. C., & Chae, S. (2021). Prompt-rich CMC on YouTube: To what or to whom ro comments respond? In Proceedings of the Fifty-fourth Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-54).

Herring, S. C., & Ge, J. (2020). Do emoji sequences have a preferred word order? In Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media (Emoji2020). DOI: 10.36190/2020.05

Herring, S. C., & Dainas, A. R., Lopez Long, H., & Tang, Y. (2020). Animoji performances: "Cuz I can be a sexy poop." Language@Internet, 18, article 1.

Herring, S. C., & Dainas, A. R. (2020.) Gender and age influences on interpretation of emoji functions. Transactions on Social Computing, [Special Issue on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media], article 10, pp. 1-26. Prepublication version:

Konrad, A., Herring, S. C., & Choi, D. (2020). Sticker and emoji use in Facebook Messenger: Implications for graphicon change. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 25(3), 217-235.

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