About Me

Digital communication scholar and certified word nerd.
Researching how people find intimacy, love, and connection in the digital age.

Riki Thompson, Ph.D.

I am an Associate Professor of Language, Rhetoric, and Writing Studies at the University of Washington Tacoma. As a scholar and teacher, everything I do revolves around an interest in how language is a tool for social action.

My scholarship and teaching reflect an interest in the problems generated by the dynamic nature of language, visual imagery, and technology. I am particularly interested in how people negotiate digital spaces to connect with (and exclude) others.

I am devoted to helping people to gain the necessary literacies to find connection and belonging in the physical and digital worlds they wish to inhabit.

My research has been published in such journals as Visual CommunicationNarrative Inquiry, and The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy.  

My current research focuses on how people use social media to find connection in the digital age. Learn more about this research about online dating. If you would like to share your experiences, please email me via this contact form  to schedule an interview.

Follow my blog at https://medium.com/@rikitiki for up to date research about finding love and lust in the digital age.

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