I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication in Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. My work is in the area of new media with an emphasis on online communities.
My research interests converge at the intersection of computer-mediated communication and health communication. I am interested in the social roles online communities play for stigmatized individuals and online boundary work—the efforts group members invest in defining who is an authentic member of the group. My work includes studies on online communities for people with eating disorders, women with fertility issues and women who are voluntary childless.
I attended the Universiteit van Amsterdam for my BA and MA degrees and the Media School at Indiana University for my PhD degree in Communication Science.