Catherine F. Brooks, PhD

Catherine Brooks (PhD, University of California) joined the School of Information Resources and Library Science in January, 2012, a unit that became the School of Information at UA in July of 2015. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Communication. Catherine’s primary research interest focuses on day-to-day language use in online and learning communities. She is most interested in the social uses of communication technologies and the varied opportunities for the co-construction of knowledge, self-presentations, relationships, and identities, as well as the possibilities for emotional and health-related support that can emerge and develop online. Currently, she is undergoing research on an online support group for those suffering from anxiety, examining the ways in which ‘expert’ information is translated and how supportive messages function for an international and relatively anonymous set of members. Her research works across disciplinary boundaries and draws on a variety of academic traditions and methodologies. She teaches courses that focus on social media and human encounters with information technologies.  

Research Emphases

- Instructional Communication, Student Development, and Professional Training

- Computer-mediated Communication, New Media, eHealth, and Online Collaboration

- Language, Discourse, Identities, Emotions, and Communities

Professional Experience

2016-Present     Associate Director, School of Information, University of Arizona.

2016-Present     Founder and Director, Center for Digital Society and Data Studies, University of Arizona.

2016-Present    Faculty, Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Graduate Interdisciplinary Prog., Univ. of Arizona.

2012-Present     Assistant Professor, Communication Dept. and School of Information, University Arizona.

2008-2011        Assistant Professor, Communication Studies Department, CSU, Long Beach.

2003-2008        Lecturer, Communication Studies Department, CSU, Long Beach.

2001-2008        Instructor, “University 100” (Freshmen Experience) Program, CSU, Long Beach.

1999-2003        Lecturer, Communication Studies Department, CSU, Long Beach.

1999-2003        Instructor, Speech, Humanities Division, Fullerton College.

1998-1999        Instructor, Speech, Center for Arts, Culture, and Society, Shasta College.

1996-1998        Graduate Student Teacher (TA), Communication Studies Department, CSU, Long Beach.

1996-1998        Research Fellow, Center for First Amendment Studies, CSU, Long Beach.