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Howard T. "Ted" Welser

Howard-Welser, portrait
Professor of Sociology
Bentley Annex 123, Athens Campus

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Ph.D.: University of Washington, 2006

Professional Profile

Research & Specialization

  • Social Structure and Group Processes
  • Social Media and Computer Mediated Interaction
  • Research Methods
  • Social Implications of Technological Change

Courses Taught

  • SOC 1000: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 2020: Exploring Careers in Sociology
  • SOC 3500: Elementary Research Techniques
  • SOC 4190/5190: Group Processes
  • SOC 4500/5500: Data Analysis
  • SOC 4950: Sociology Capstone: Social Media & Disinformation
  • SOC 6110: Social Media
  • SOC 6540: Social Research Methods

Current Publications

Selected Publications

Welser, Howard T., Brenna Helms*, and Tom Vander Ven.  “Swipe for your right to party: Gender, social structure, and social media in college drinking” (Forthcoming 2023 at Sociological Focus)

Helm*, Brenna, Thomas Vander Ven, and Howard T. Welser. 2020. “The Electric Hookup: Individual and social risks related to hookup app use among emerging adults.” Michelle Wright (Ed.), "Recent Advances in Digital Media Impacts on Identity, Sexuality, and Relationships,” (pp.1-325).  Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1063-6

Khan, M. L, Welser, H.T., Cisneros, C.*, Manatong, G.*, and Idris, I.* 2020. “Digital Inequality in the Appalachian Ohio: Understanding how Demographics, Internet Access, and Skills can shape Vital Information Use (VIU)”, Telematics and Informatics, (0)1:30.

Welser, Howard T., Laeeq Khan and Michael Dickard*. 2019. “Digital remediation: social support and online learning communities can help offset rural digital inequality” Information, Communication and Society.  22(5): 717-723.

Welser, Howard T. 2015. “Breaking the iron law of oligarchy: Computational institutions, organizational fidelity, and distributed social control.”  Edited by Elisa Bertino and Sorin Adam Matei, Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (pp. 121-144) New York: Springer Publishing.

Welser, Howard T. 2012. “The growth of technology and the end of wilderness experience.”  Edited by Bruce Martin and Mark Wagstaff, Controversial Issues in Adventure Programming, (pp. 147-155) Champaign IL: Human Kinetics Publishing.

Underwood*, Patrick and Howard T. Welser.   2011. “‘The Internet is here’: Emergent coordination and innovation of protest forms in digital culture.” (pp. 304-311). In ACM proceedings of iConference 2011, Seattle WA.