I am a PhD candidate in Northwestern University’s program in Technology and Social Behavior, a dual program in computer science and communication studies. My work centers on mediated information disclosure between strangers in emergent relationships. Currently, I am focusing on how locations and places play a role in getting to know someone.
At Northwestern, I am a member of the Social Media Lab, led by Professor Jeremy Birnholtz.
VGI. What does where you've been say?
Millions of users generate and post content daily. What is the relationship between their offline context while posting (time, place) and their content in the media stream?
LBSA. How do people meet through apps?
A growing number of apps connect nearby others for near-immediate in-person interaction, ranging from coffee to casual sex. How do users protray themselves to others in these spaces? What are in-person interactions like with someone you've just "met"?
CSGC. How can we support novice designers online?
Novice civic designers face multiple challenges as they embark on tackling real world problems, including learning the design process and participating in critiques. How can a computer-supported group critique system fit into novice designer studios?
Northwestern University, PhD in Technology and Social Behavior, 2012-present
UW-Madison, M.A. in Ethnomusicology, 2009-2012
Brown University, B.A. in Ethnomusicology, 2005-2009
Papers and Presentations
Birnholtz, J., Fitzpatrick, C., Handel, M., Brubaker, J. “Identity, Identification, and Identifiability: The Language of Self-Presentation on a Location-Based Mobile Dating App.” Mobile HCI 2014. Toronto, September 2014.
Easterday, M., Lewis, D., Fitzpatrick, C., Gerber, E. “Computer Supported Novice Group Critique.” DIS 2014. Vancouver, June 2014.
Fitzpatrick, C., Hope, A., Barhumi, S., Krupnikov, Y., Easterday, M. “Perspective Taking, Political Ideologies, and Digital Games.” Proceedings in 3rd Annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics. Chicago, October 2013.
Beheshti, E., Fitzpatrick, C., Hope, A., Piper, A.M., & Horn, M.S. (2013) Circuit in Pieces: Understanding Electricity from Electrons to Light Bulbs. Proc. HumanFactors in Computing Systems Conference (extended abstracts) CHI’13. Paris, April 2013.
“A ‘New’ Sociability: Etiquette, Practices and Interactions with Mobile Technologies.” Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting. Bowling Green, OH, April 2011.
“The Female Body, Interrogation, and War: Readings of and Reactions to Rihanna’s Russian Roulette and Hard.” Midwest Graduate Music Conference. Madison, WI, March 2011.
“Scrobbling Identity: Impression Management and Last.fm.” Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting. New Haven, CT, April 2009.
Teaching Assistant, Northwestern University, Spring 2014
Teaching Assistant, UW-Madison, Fall 2010 – Spring 2012
Teaching Assistant, Department of Music, Brown University, Spring 2007- Summer 2009
Awards and Honors
NSF GK12 Reach for the Stars Fellow, Northwestern University, 2014-2015
US Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow, UW-Madison, 2010-2011
University Fellow, UW-Madison, 2009-2010
Vilas Welcome Award, UW-Madison, 2009
Rose Rosengard Subotnik Prize, Brown University, 2009
Best Undergraduate Thesis, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Brown University, 2009
Buxtehude Premium, Brown University, 2008
Madeline is a PhD Candidate in the Technology and Social Behavior joint program in Computer Science and Communication. Her research currently focuses on relational, supportive, and deceptive aspects of social media.