Brooke Foucault Welles
Brooke Foucault Welles is an assistant professor in the department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University. Broadly, she is interested in how social networks shape and constrain behavior, with a particular emphasis on how new media change the role that networks play in our daily social interactions. Most recently, Brooke’s research has examined how networks influence friendship selection in online games and virtual worlds, and how network structure influences the development of trust in computer-mediated groups. She is also interested in how network salience influences individuals’ perceptions of the availability of social support, and how age influences behavior in online social networks.
Brooke teaches classes on research methods, social network analysis and children and media. Prior to joining the faculty at Northeastern University, Brooke earned her PhD from the department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. She also holds BA and MS degrees in Communication Studies and Information Science, respectively, from Cornell University.