Bio

Eric P. S. Baumer is Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Lehigh University. His research examines the complex interconnections between technology design and its societal effects. This work involves both studying and designing for various roles that technology could play, should play, or should not play in mediating human communication and social interaction. His current projects include using computational analyses of framing in political text to foster more thoughtful, reflective discussions of political issues, and studying technology refusal in the context of Facebook to understand how society decides where in our lives technology is (in)appropriate. Dr. Baumer’s work has been supported by such sources as an an NSF Cyber-Human Systems grant, NSF Social-Computational Systems grant, and an NSF CreativeIT grant. His research has been published in numerous conferences and journals, including the ACM CHI Conference, Social Media + Society, First Monday, the ACM CSCW Conference, the Journal of Information Technology and Politics, and Environmental Communication. He holds an MS and PhD in Information and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Music from the University of Central Florida, and held a post-doctoral research position at Cornell University. He is also an aging ultimate frisbee player, an aspiring rock climber, and an amateur photographer.