Derek Lackaff

Assistant Professor of Communications
Powell Building 216
2850 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6492

Professional Expertise

social media and communication technology


State University of New York at Buffalo, College of Arts and Sciences, Buffalo, New York, USA
            Doctor of Philosophy; Communication

La Trobe University, School of Communication, Arts, and Critical Enquiry, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia
            Master of Arts; Media Studies

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Arts and Sciences, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
            Bachelor of Arts; Political Science, International Studies, German

Employment History

Elon University, School of Communications, Elon, North Carolina, USA
            Assistant Professor, Department of Communications, 2010-present

Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore
            Visiting Lecturer, UB-SIM Communication Program, Summer 2012

University of Texas at Austin, College of Communication, Austin, Texas, USA
            Postdoctoral Fellow, UT Austin | Portugal Program in Advanced Digital Media, 2009-2010
            Lecturer, Department of Radio-Television-Film, 2009-2010

Courses Taught

COM100    Communications in a Global Age
COM362    Communication Research
COM495    Great Ideas: Capstone in Communication
COM499    Independent Research
COM530    Theory and Audience Analysis in an Interactive Age (graduate level)
COM568    Special Topics: Interactivity (graduate level)
COM570    Interactive Project for the Public Good (graduate level)
            Citizens Foundation (Reykjavik, Iceland) (2012)
            Surfrider Foundation (Ericeira, Portugal) (2013)

GST110    The Global Experience


Lackaff, D. & Sales, M. (2013). Black comics and social media economics: New media, new production models. In S. Howard & R. Jackson (Eds.). Black comics: Politics of race and representation. New York: Continuum.

Lackaff, D. (2012). New opportunities in personal network data collection. In M. Zacarias & J. de Oliviera (Eds.) Human-computer interaction: The agency perspective. Frankfurt, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-25691-2_17

Stefanone, M. A., Kwon, K. H. & Lackaff, D. (2012). The relationship between perceptions of social capital and enacted support online. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 17, 451-466. doi: 10.1111/j.1083-6101.2012.01585.x

Kwon, K. H., Nam, Y. & Lackaff, D. (2011). Wireless protesters move around: Informational and coordinative use of information and communication technologies for protest politics. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 8, 383-398. doi: 10.1080/19331681.2011.559743

Stefanone, M. A., Kwon, K. H. & Lackaff, D. (2011). The value of online friends: Networked resources via social network sites. First Monday, 16(2).

Stefanone, M. A., Lackaff, D., & Rosen, D. (2011). Contingencies of self-worth and social networking site behavior. CyberPsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 14, 41-49. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2010.0049

Stefanone, M. A., Huang, Y. C. & Lackaff, D. (2011). Negotiating social belonging: Online, offline, and in between. Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS ‘11), 44. (nominated for best paper in division). doi: 10.1109/HICSS.2011.314

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