Kar-Hai Chu

Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: I am studying the connection between the affordances of digital media and online user relationships, specifically their reinforcement and reification of each other. I have been analyzing user interactions from two online communities, disCourse and Tapped In. I use several different methods of study, mainly social network analysis and exploratory sequential data analysis. I apply different theoretical backgrounds in my research -- while SNA and ESDA are useful for manipulating data, interpretation of results requires a broader area. Social capital, actor-network theory, strength of network ties, and boundary spanning are other models that I have used to help understand how all of my data fits together.

CIS PhD Dissertation: Exploring How Technology Mediates the Types of Relationships Formed in Sociotechnical Systems