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Joseph B. Walther

Wee Kim Wee Professor in Communication Studies
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Nanyang Technological University
31 Nanyang Link






Joe Walther is a behavioral scientist who has developed several original theories and conducted a number of empirical studies on the interpersonal aspects of computer-mediated communication, with applications in personal relations, online groups, and educational activities. The research examines how people form impressions and get to know one another online, and how they relate to one another personally and/or professionally as they work and/or socialize. The work has been cited frequently in a number of disciplines. Extensions of this work have been made into online dating, deception, collaboration and knowledge-sharing, social network sites, and other social media.

The work has been recognized by two Woolbert Awards from the National Communication Association (NCA) for articles that have led to reconceptualizations of communication phenomena and have stood the test of time, two Knower Awards from the NCA's interpersonal communication division (for the most influential articles in that field), the Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award (for sustained work on a communication research problem over an extended period and generated second-generation work among other scholars) by the International Communication Association (ICA), and election as an ICA Fellow. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2013 at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research ASCoR.

Prof. Walther served as the division chair to the Academy of Management's Organizational Communication and Information Systems division, and the ICA's Communication and Technology division.

Fulbright to Amsterdam School of Communication Research ASCoR 2013 (Blogged here)

Recent Publications

Tong, S. T., & Walther, J. B. (in press). The confirmation and disconfirmation of expectancies in computer-mediated communication. Communication Research.

Carr, C. T., & Walther, J. B. (in press). Increasing attributional certainty via social media: Learning about others one bit at a time. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.

Walther, J. B., & Lee, E.-J. (2014). Computer-mediated communication. In C. R. Berger (Ed.), Interpersonal communication. (Handbooks of Communication Science, vol. 6, pp. 541-564). Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter Mouton.

Buller, D. B., Young, W. F., Bettinghaus, E. P., Maloy J. A., Andersen, P. A., Borland, R., Walther, J. B. (2014). Tobacco control partners:  A website providing online technical assistance to local tobacco control coalitions.  In S. Esrock, J. Hart, & K. Walker (Eds.), Talking tobacco: Interpersonal, organizational, and mediated messages (pp. 186-201).  New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Spottswood, E. L., Walther, J. B., Holmstrom, A. R., & Ellison, N. E. (2013). Person-centered emotional support and gender attributions in computer-mediated communication. Human Communication Research, 39, 295-316. doi:10.1111/hcre.12006

Walther, J. B. (2013). Groups and computer-mediation. In Amichai-Hamburger, Y. (Ed.), The social net (2nd ed., pp. 165-179). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Hanna, A., & Walther, J. B. (2013). What perceptions do people form after viewing Facebook profiles? In K. Schultz & A. K. Goodboy (Eds.), Introduction to communication studies: Translating scholarship into meaningful practice (pp. 11-17). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.

Walther, J. B., & Jang, J.-W. (2012). Communication processes in participatory web sites. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 18, 2-15. doi:10.1111/j.1083-6101.2012.01592.x

Walther, J. B., Liang, Y., Ganster, T., Wohn, Y., & Emington, J. (2012). The effect of online reviews and helpfulness ratings on consumer attitudes: Application and test of congruity theory to multiple Web 2.0 sources. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 18, 97-112. doi:10.1111/j.1083-6101.2012.01595.x

Walther, J. B. (2012). Interaction through technological lenses. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 31, 397-414. doi:10.1177/0261927X12446610

Walther, J. B. (2012). Affordances, effects, and technology errors. In C. T. Salmon (Ed.), Communication yearbook 36 (pp. 190-193). New York, NY: Routledge.

DeAndrea, D. C., Tong, S. T., Liang, Y., Levine, T. R., & Walther, J. B. (2012). When do people misrepresent themselves to others? The effects of social desirability, accountability, and ground truth on deceptive self-presentations. Journal of Communication, 62, 400-417. doi:10.1111/j.1460-2466.2012.01646.x

Bazarova, N. N., Walther, J. B., & McLeod, P. L. (2012). Minority influence in computer-mediated groups: A comparison of four theories of minority influence. Communication Research, 39, 295-316. doi: 10.1177/0093650211399752


Computer-Mediated Communication

CMC Bibliography

Updated 7/19/2004: View Walther's non-authoritative, but extensive bibliography of Computer-Mediated Communication articles, chapters, and books.


Publications (with selected abstracts or links), positions, and education