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. [link:]
  2. Bruckman, Amy (2022). "Should You Believe Wikipedia?" Chapter 3 in Should You Believe Wikipedia, Cambridge University Press.
  3. Burt, R. (2004). Structural Holes and Good Ideas. American Journal of Sociology, 110(2). [link:]
  4. Granovetter, M. (1973). The Strength of Weak Ties. American Journal of Sociology. 78(6):1360-1380 [link:]
  5. Hampton, Keith (2016). "Persistent and Pervasive Community: New Communication Technologies and the Future of Community." American Behavioral Scientist 60(1) 101-124. [link:]
  6. 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.
  7. Ostrom, E. (2015). Governing the Commons. Cambridge University Press. [Only pages 1-7; 29-57; 82-102].



  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. Haimson, O, et. al (2015). Disclosure, Stress, and Support During Gender Transition on Facebook. In Proceedings of ACM CSCW. [link:]
  3. Hancock, J., Toma, C. and Ellison, N. 2007. The truth about lying in online dating profiles. In Proc. CHI, 2007, 449-452 [link:]
  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. [link:]


Patterns of Participation

  1. Kramer, Adam DI, Jamie E. Guillory, and Jeffrey T. Hancock. "Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks."Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111.24 (2014): 8788-8790. [link:]
  2. Hill, B.M.and Shaw, A. (2020). "The Hidden Costs of Requiring Accounts: Quasi-Experimental Evidence From Peer Production." Communication Research 48:6, 771-795. [link:]
  3. Bamman, D., Eisenstein, J., & Schnoebelen, T. (2014). Gender identity and lexical variation in social media. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 18(2), 135-160. [link:]
  4. Yang, D., Kraut, R. E., Smith, T., Mayfield, E., & Jurafsky, D. (2019, May). Seekers, providers, welcomers, and storytellers: Modeling social roles in online health communities. In Proceedings of the 2019 CHI conference on human factors in computing systems (pp. 1-14). [link:]


Open Source/Open Content

  1. Benkler, Y. “Coase's Penguin,or Linux and the Nature of the Firm.” Yale Law Journal 112:369 (2002) [link:]
  2. Bryant, S. L., Forte, A., & Bruckman, A. S. (2005). Becoming Wikipedian: Transformation of Participation in a Collaborative Online Encyclopedia. InProceedings of the ACM GROUP Conference on Supporting Group Work (pp. 1-10). Sanibel Island, FL, 6-9 November. [link:]
  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. [link:]
  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. [link:]
  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. [link:]
  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. [link:]


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. [link:]
  2. Ling, et al. (2004). Using Social Psychology to Motivate Contributions to Online Communities. Journal of Computer‐Mediated Communication. [link:]
  3. De Choudhury, M., Counts, S., and Horvitz, E. (2013). Predicting postpartum changes in emotion and behavior via social media. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 3267-3276. [link: or]
  4. Kittur, A., Nickerson, J. V., Bernstein, M., Gerber, E., Shaw, A., Zimmerman, J., Lease, M., and Horton, J. (2013). The future of crowd work. In Proceedings of the 2013 conference on Computer supported cooperative work (pp. 1301-1318). ACM. [link:]
  5. Das, S., & Kramer, A. (2013). Self-censorship on Facebook. In Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 120-127). [link:]
  6. Golder, S. A., & Macy, M. W. (2011). Diurnal and seasonal mood vary with work, sleep, and daylength across diverse cultures. Science, 333(6051), 1878-1881. [link:]
  7. Jurafsky, D., Chahuneau, V., Routledge, B. R., & Smith, N. A. (2014). Narrative framing of consumer sentiment in online restaurant reviews. First Monday, 19(4). [link:]
  8. Lottridge, D., Andalibi, N., Kim, J., & Kaye, J. (2019). " Giving a little'ayyy, I feel ya'to someone's personal post" Performing Support on Social Media. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction3(CSCW), 1-22. [link:]
  9. Mieczkowski, Hannah, Jeffrey T. Hancock, Mor Naaman, Malte Jung, and Jess Hohenstein. "AI-Mediated Communication: Language Use and Interpersonal Effects in a Referential Communication Task." Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction 5, no. CSCW1 (2021): 1-14. [link:]
  10. Field, Anjalie, Doron Kliger, Shuly Wintner, Jennifer Pan, Dan Jurafsky, and Yulia Tsvetkov. "Framing and Agenda-setting in Russian News: a Computational Analysis of Intricate Political Strategies." In Proceedings of the 2018 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, pp. 3570-3580. 2018. [link:]


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. [link:]
  2. Grudin, Jonathan. (1988). Why CSCW applications fail: problems in the design and evaluation of organizational interfaces. In Proceedings of the 1988 ACM conference on Computer-supported cooperative work (pp. 85-93). [link:]
  3. Konstan, J. and Riedl, J. (2012). Recommender systems: from algorithms to user experience. User Modeling and User Adapted Interaction. (22) 101-123. [link:]
  4. Olson, G. and Olson, J. (2000). Distance Matters. Human-Computer Interaction, 15:2, 139-178. [link:]
  5. Lilly C. Irani and M. Six Silberman. 2013. Turkopticon: interrupting worker invisibility in amazon mechanical turk. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 611-620. [link:]
  6. Burton, M. A., Brady, E., Brewer, R., Neylan, C., Bigham, J. P., & Hurst, A. (2012). Crowdsourcing subjective fashion advice using VizWiz: challenges and opportunities. In Proceedings of the 14th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility (pp. 135-142). ACM. [link:]
  7. Dimond, J. P., Dye, M., LaRose, D., & Bruckman, A. S. (2013). Hollaback!: the role of storytelling online in a social movement organization. In Proceedings of the 2013 conference on Computer supported cooperative work (pp. 477-490). ACM. [link:]