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I am an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, USA. My research seeks to explain the mental processes underlying modern social connectedness. To accomplish this broad goal, my work centers on social tech and social network cognition, adopting a mixed methods approach that pairs digital trace data with classic social science. I also sometimes attend conferences. If you would like to meet at one, email me at Bayer.66 [at]


I also teach things. In particular, I'm currently teaching Social Media Analytics and Research Methods in the School of Communication. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and my B.Sc. from the University of Pittsburgh. Beyond researching and teaching, I also do other things like listen to music. Each year after extensive testing in everyday life, the Bayer Music Award committee meets secretly to decide the three most personally significant albums.

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