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Lee Humphreys

Lee Humphreys


483 Mann Library Building
(607) 255-2599

Dr. Lee Humphreys studies the social uses and perceived effects of communication technology. Her research has explored mobile phone use in public spaces, emerging norms on mobile social networks, and the privacy and surveillance implications of location-based services. Her recent scholarship tries to historicize social media into a broader context of communication practices. Often using qualitative field methods, she focuses on how people integrate communication technology in their everyday lives in order to facilitate identity management and social interaction. She received her BS in Communication from Cornell University and received her MA and PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

Outreach and Extension Focus

As a member of the Dept. of Communication's Outreach committee, I work closely with the Alumni Advisory Board in order to seek real-world and industry feedback on such things as student support, programmatic direction, connections for research, placement of graduates, and department visibility. I also present at various Cornell Cooperative Extension events and programs about the role of social media in outreach efforts.

Awards and Honors

  • Rising Star Faculty Award (2018) CALS Alumni Association, Cornell
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Teaching (2018) SUNY

Selected Publications


  • Humphreys, L. (2018). The Qualified Self: Social Media & the Accounting of Everyday Life. p. 1-171 MIT Press, Cambridge, MA USA.