PhD HCC – Social Computing Reading List

Note: this is the list for students in the HCC PhD program.
CS PhD students please study the CS qualifier reading list.


  1. Bruckman, A. S. (2002). Studying the Amateur Artist: A Perspective on Disguising Data Collected in Human Subjects Research on the Internet. Ethics and Information Technology, 4(3), 217-231.
  2. Burt, R. (2004). Structural Holes and Good Ideas. American Journal of Sociology, 110(2).
  3. Granovetter, M. (1973). The Strength of Weak Ties. American Journal of Sociology. 78(6):1360-1380
  4. Kleinberg, Jon M. (1999). Authoritative sources in a hyperlinked enviornment. J. ACM 46, 5 (September 1999), 604-632.
  5. Kling, R. Social Analyses of Computing: Theoretical Orientations in Recent Empirical Research. ACM Computing Surveys, 12, 1 (1980), 61-110.
  6. Kollock, P. (1999). The Economies of Online Cooperation: Gifts and Public Goods in Cyberspace. In M. Smith & P. Kollock (Eds.), Communities in Cyberspace (pp. 220-239). New York: Routledge.
  7. Oldenburg, R. (1999). The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community. Chapters 1 and 2. New York: Marlowe & Company.
  8. Putnam, R. D. (1995). Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital. Journal of Democracy, 6(1), 65-78.
  9. Scardamalia, M. and Bereiter, C (1996). “Computer Support for Knowledge-Building Communities.” In T. Koschmann (Ed.), CSCL: Theory and practice of an emerging paradigm (pp. 249-268). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
  10. Wellman, B., & Gulia, M. (1999). Virtual Communities are Communities: Web Surfers Don't Ride Alone. In M. Smith & P. Kollock (Eds.), Communities in Cyberspace (pp. 167-194). New York: Routledge.


  1. Donath, J. (1999). Identity and Deception in the Virtual Community. In M. A. Smith & P. Kollock (Eds.), Communities in Cyberspace (pp. 29-59). New York: Routledge.
  2. Hancock, J., Toma, C. and Ellison, N. 2007. The truth about lying in online dating profiles. In Proc. CHI, 2007, 449-452
  3. Turkle, S. (1997). “Aspects of the Self” and “Tinysex and Gender Trouble.” In Life On the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet (pp. 177-232). New York: Touchstone.
  4. Van Gelder, L. (1991). The Strange Case of the Electronic Lover. In C.Dunlop & R. Kling (Eds.), Computerization and Controversy: Value Conflicts and Social Choices (pp. 364-375). Orlando, FL: Elsevier Academic Press.
  5. Voida, A., Grinter, R.E., Ducheneaut, N., Edwards, W.K. and Newman, M.W., Listening In: Practices Surrounding iTunes Music Sharing. In Proc. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI '05), ACM Press (2005), 191-200.

Patterns of Participation

  1. Bruckman, A. S., Curtis, P., Figallo, C., & Laurel, B. (1994). Approaches to Managing Deviant Behavior in Virtual Communities. In Proceedings of theACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference Companion (pp. 183-184). Boston, MA, 24-28 April.
  2. Bond, R., et al. (2012). A 61-million-person experiment in social influence and political mobilization. Nature 489.7415 (2012): 295-298.
  3. Kim, A. J. (2000). “Roles: From Newcomer to Old-Timer” and “Leadership: The Buck Stops Here.” In Community Building on the Web (pp. 115-153, 155-199). New York: Peachpit Press.
  4. Nonnecke, B., & Preece, J. (2000). Lurker Demographics: Counting the Silent. In Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 73-80). The Hague, The Netherlands, 1-6 April.
  5. Rheingold, H. (1993). Introduction & The Heart of the WeLL. In The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier (pp. 1-37). New York: Addison-Wesley.

Open Source/Open Content

  1. Benkler, Y. “Coase's Penguin,or Linux and the Nature of the Firm.” Yale Law Journal 112:369 (2002)
  2. Bryant, S. L., Forte, A., & Bruckman, A. S. (2005). Becoming Wikipedian: Transformation of Participation in a Collaborative Online Encyclopedia. In Proceedings of the ACM GROUP Conference on Supporting Group Work (pp. 1-10). Sanibel Island, FL, 6-9 November.
  3. Mockus, A., Fielding, R.T. and Herbsleb, J.D., A Case Study of Open Source Development: The Apache Server. In Proc. 22nd International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2000), IEEE Press, 263-272.
  4. Raymond, E. S. (2001). The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary (Revised ed.). Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly & Associates.

Collaboration in Controlled Environments

  1. Bentley, R., Hughes, J.A., Randall, D., Rodden, T., Sawyer, P., Shapiro, D. and Sommerville, I., Ethnographically-Informed Systems Design for Air Traffic Control. In Proc. ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work CSCW '92, New York, NY: ACM Press. (1992), 123-129.
  2. Grinter, R.E., Aoki, P.M., Hurst, A., Szymanski, M.H., Thornton, J.D. and Woodruff, A., Revisiting the Visit: Understanding How Technology Can Shape the Museum Visit. In Proc. ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2002), New York, NY: ACM Press (2002), 146-155.
  3. Heath, C. and Luff, P., Collaborative Activity and Technological Design: Task Coordination in London Underground Control Rooms. In Proc. European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work ECSCW '91 (1991), 65-80.

Computer-Mediated Communication

  1. Grinter, R.E., Palen, L. and Eldridge, M. Chatting with teenagers: Considering the place of chat technologies in teen life. Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 13, 4 (2006), 423-447.
  2. Ling, et al. (2004). Using Social Psychology to Motivate Contributions to Online Communities. JCMC.
  3. Nardi, Blogging as Social Activity, or Would You Let 900 Million People Read Your Diary? In Proc. ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, ACM Press (2004), 222-231.
  4. Palen, L., Salzman, M. and Youngs, E., Going Wireless: Behavior and Practice of New Mobile Phone Users. In Proc. ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2000), New York, N.Y.: ACM Press (2000), 201-210.
  5. Thurlow, C. (2006). From Statistical Panic to Moral Panic: The Metadiscursive Construction and Popular Exaggeration of New Media Language in the Print Media. JCMC.
  6. von Ahn, L. and Dabbish, L., Labeling images with a computer game. in CHI '04: Proceedings of the Conference on Human factors in Computing Systems, (2004), ACM, 319-326.

Systems to Support Coordination

  1. Dourish, P. and Bellotti, V., Awareness and Coordination in Shared Workspaces. In Proc. ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work CSCW '92, New York: ACM Press (1992), 107-114.
  2. Grudin, Jonathan. (1988). Why CSCW applications fail: problems in the design and evaluation of organizational interfaces. In Proc. CSCW, 1988
  3. Konstan, J. and Riedl, J. (2012). Recommender systems: from algorithms to user experience. User Modeling and User Adapted Interaction. (22) 101-123.
  4. Olson, G. and Olson, J. (2000). Distance Matters. Human-Computer Interaction, 15:2, 139-178.