Kelly Quinn

Clinical Assistant Professor

Kelly Quinn is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Coordinator of Graduate Student Instructors in the Department of Communication, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Internet Researchers. Quinn has taught classes on the social implications of new media technologies, organizational communication, research methods and statistics, and public speaking. Her work focuses on new media and how they relate with diverse topics such as aging, social capital, friendship and privacy, and her current research centers on the cognitive and social impacts of social media use with older adults. Quinn has been featured in Information, Communication & Society, the Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media, and the International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, as well as several edited volumes.

  • PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Communication
  • MSLIS, Dominican University
  • MBA, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University
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Select Recent Publications

Quinn, K. (2014). An ecological approach to privacy:  “Doing” online privacy at midlife. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 58(4),562-580.

Quinn, K. (2014). Learning new tricks:  The use of social media in later life. In C. L. Harrington, D. Bielby & A. Bardo (Eds.), Aging, Media, and Culture. Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books.

Quinn, K. (2013). We Haven’t Talked in 30 Years!  Relationship Reconnection and Internet Use at Midlife. Information, Communication and Society, 16(3), 397-420.


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Office: 1164 BSB, MC 132
Phone: 312-996-8822
Fax: 312-413-2125