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Kelly Quinn, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor



Building & Room:

1164 BSB


1007 W Harrison Street

Office Phone:

(312) 996-8822

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Kelly Quinn (PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Communication) is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Coordinator of Graduate Student Instructors in the Department of Communication, and Treasurer of the Association of Internet Researchers. She 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 to diverse topics such as aging, social capital, friendship and privacy. It has been featured in Information, Communication & Society, the Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media, Social Media + Society, and the International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, as well as several edited volumes.

Current research projects include:

  • The ActivityAssist study, which explores how voice-activated personal assistants, such as
    Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home, can be used to help sedentary older adults become more
    physically active;
  • The Social Media Privacy Research Collective, which examines privacy from the perspective of
    the user, leveraging a “framing in thought” approach to capture how users make sense of
    privacy in their social media use; and
  • The Comparative Privacy Research Network, which is an international collaboration whose goal
    is to create a sustainable framework for comparative privacy research across political,
    geographic and cultural boundaries.

Dr. Quinn also holds advanced degrees in library and information science an (MSLIS , Dominican
University) and in business (MBA, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University).

Selected Publications

Quinn, K. (2018). Cognitive effects of social media use: A case of older adults. Social Media + Society, 4(3).

Quinn, K. & Epstein, D. (2018). #MyPrivacy: How users think about social media privacy. Proceedings of SMSociety’18. July 18–20, 2018, Copenhagen. New York: ACM.

Quinn, K.  & Papacharissi, Z. (2018). The Contextual Accomplishment of Privacy. International Journal of Communication, 12, 23. [link:]

Quinn, K. (2016). Contextual social capital: Linking the contexts of social media use to its outcomes. Information, Communication & Society, 19(5), 582-600.

Quinn, K., Smith-Ray, R. & Boulter, K. (2016). Concepts, terms, and mental maps: Everyday challenges to older adult social media adoption. In J. Zhou & G. Salvendy (Eds.), Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Healthy and Active Aging, Chapter 22. Berlin: Springer International Publishing. [email to request a copy]

Quinn, K. & M. Powers, R. (2016). Revisiting the concept of ‘sharing’for digital spaces: an analysis of reader comments to online news. Information, Communication & Society, 19(4), 442-460.

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


PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Communication

MSLIS, Dominican University

MBA, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University