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Lindsay Ems

Assistant Professor - Communication & Media Studies College of Communication
Lindsay Ems


Fairbanks Center 242

In 2015, I completed my doctorate in Communication in the Media School at Indiana University. As an assistant professor in the College of Communication at Butler University, I help students understand the social implications of digital communication technologies today. In my classes, I work with students to parse out the empirical and ethical complexities of our high-tech, global, networked society.

My scholarship interrogates the roles mobile and digital media play in structuring of political and social relationships. I have conducted a variety of ethnographic inquiries to investigate these relationships. Specifically, my research focuses on the use of digital communication technologies for the empowerment of marginalized health and religious communities.

My dissertation (2015) studies the adoption of new communication technologies like mobile devices, the internet and computers among the Old Order Amish.

I have also published research on Twitter use by protesters and social and mobile media use for public health communication among high-risk groups. Among other outlets, my research has been published in First Monday, New Media & Society and Media Culture & Society.

In my spare time, you will find me water-skiing on Lake Monroe in southern Indiana, walking my dogs around campus or riding my bike along the Monon trail.

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Curriculum Vitae