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Bree McEwan

Bree McEwan is an associate professor of Communication Studies in the College of Communication. She received her PhD in communication from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on the intersection between interpersonal and communication technology. She is particularly interested in communication in friendships and networked relationships. Her teaching expertise includes computer-mediated communication, interpersonal communication, communication in networks, and quantitative research methods.

She is the author of Navigating New Media Networks, which explores communication challenges and opportunities that arise due to increased networked individualism through communication technology. In addition she has published articles in a variety of journals including Communication Monographs, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Computers in Human Behavior.

Selected Publications



  • McEwan, B., Carpenter, C. J., & Hopke, J. (2018). Mediated skewed diffusion of issues information: A theory. Social Media + Society, 4, 1-14. doi: 10.1177/2056305118800319
  • McEwan, B., Carpenter, C. J., & Westerman, D. K. (2018). On replication in communication science. Communication Studies, 69, 235-241.  
  • McEwan, B. & Flood, M.* (2018).  Compressing comments: Reactions to perceived organizational control via social media surveillance. New Media & Society, 20, 1715-1735. Doi: 10.1177/1461444817706073
  • Fox, J. & McEwan, B. (2017). Distinguishing technologies for social interaction. The perceived social affordances of communication channels scale. Communication Monographs, 84, 298-318. doi: 10.1080/03637751.2017.1332418
  • McEwan, B. (2016). Communication of communities: Linguistic characteristics of online groups. Information, Communication, and Society, 19, 1233-1249.


  • Outstanding Contribution to Communication Science – Communication Science and Biology Division of the International Communication Association (2020)
  • Outstanding Bo​ok Award – Human Communication and Technology Division (2016)
  • Top Paper – Human Communication and Technology Division (2015)