Meet the Cat

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Dr Stephanie Hendrick
Assistant Professor, New Media
Middle Tennessee State University

My Mission

I am a researcher, storyteller, and academic activist. I research how we use digital technologies, social media, and participatory media to align with or against discourses that form our identities, policies, and understandings of culture(s). I am currently interested in communicative structures in augmented gaming backchannels.

participatory media, academic activism, digital youth culture, game theory

“The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.”

                                                                                                                         — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Stuff I do/have done


  • PhD in Computer Mediated Communication.
  • Developed programs and taught courses in digital culture and CMC on the undergrad and grad level since 2004 at HUMlab, Umeå Sweden.
  • Won Wahlgrenska Research Grant in Media Studies in 2008 and 2013.
  • Published about social media, identity hacking, digital youth culture, gaming, and ed tech.


  • Vlogged and blogged the past 11 years.
  • Live blogged/vlogged events such as the Jokkmokk winter market and various academic conferences.
  • Taught middle school students to edit video and make machinima.
  • Taught 6-9 year olds how to code computer games.
  • Created huge cupcake scapes in retro gameboard themes.


  • Hendrick, Stephanie, Beyond the Blog. (Dissertation) Umeå University. 2012.
  • Hendrick, Stephanie Fayth, ‘A Mediated Discourse Analysis of Pseudonymous Blogging’, Tracking Discourses: Politics, Identity and Social Change, 2011, 225.
  • Hendrick, S Fayth, and Simon Lindgren, ‘YouTube as a Performative Arena: How Swedish Youth Are Negotiating Space’, Youth Culture and Net Culture: Online Social Practices, 2010, 153.
  • Hendrick, Stephanie, ‘Following Conversational Traces: Part 1: Creating a Corpus with the ICWSM Dataset.’, Paper presented at The International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media. 2007.–Hendrick.pdf.
  • Efimova, Lilia, and Stephanie Hendrick, ‘In Search for a Virtual Settlement: An Exploration of Weblog Community Boundaries’, Communities & Technologies, 5 (2005).
  • Efimova, Lilia, Stephanie Hendrick, and Anjo Anjewierden, ‘Finding’ the Life Between Buildings’: An Approach for Defining a Weblog Community’, Internet research, 6 (2005), 1–15.
  • Hendrick, Stephanie, Therese Örnberg, and TN Burg, ‘The Weblog as an Immersive Space: Moblogging Jokkmokk 2004’, BlogTalks2, 2004, 201–236.

Funded Research Projects

  • 2013-2014: Understandings of Online Victimization, HUMlab, Umea University
    Researcher in a one-year research project funded by the Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority.
  • 2013-2015: Media Places
    Researcher in a three-part research project in collaboration with Stanford University and the Wallenberg Network Initiative.
  • 2010-2013: The Role of the Internet as a Surrogate Social Network in Situations of Domestic Violence in Swedish Context.
    Researcher and grant writer in a three-year, three-part research project funded by the Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority. (Sole Author)
  • 2004-2006: YouTube as a Performative Arena.
    Researcher in a three-year, three-part research project funded by the Swedish Knowledge Foundation. Principle Researcher for first and final part of project.

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