Urszula PruchniewskaUrszula Pruchniewska is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Ph.D. in Media and Communication from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Urszula teaches Social Media Theory and Strategy, User Experience (UX) Design and Research, Social Media Ethics, and Communication Research and Writing. Her research focuses on digital technologies, social media, user experience, online activism, and gender. Some topics she has studied and written about include: the experiences of women who use secret Facebook groups for support, community, and career advancement; how women strategically use Bumble the dating app to simultaneously find love and avoid sexual harassment; and how female entrepreneurs use social media to promote themselves.

Watch Urszula discuss her research on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her unique use of Instagram for politics at the International Symposium on Online Journalism:

∗Photo Credit: Jonathan Harris (2017)