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Nancy Baym

Microsoft Research New England
Principal Researcher with the Social Media Collective
Nancy Baym (Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1994) is a Principal Researcher with the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England. Her research concerns social dynamics of new communication technologies. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2012, she was a Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. She was a pioneer in the field of internet research, writing seminal early articles on online community in the early 1990s. She is the author of Tune In, Log On: Soaps, Fandom and Online Community (2000, Sage), Internet Inquiry: Conversations About Method (co-edited with Annette Markham, 2010, Sage) and Personal Connections in the Digital Age (2010, Polity). She has written numerous journal articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of New Media & Society, The Information Society, The Journal of Communication, and other journals. She was a co-founder of the Association of Internet Researchers and served as its second president.