Katie Gach
PhD Student

Katie Gach is a digital ethnographer studying human experiences on social platforms. Her past work looked at real name policies and kindness on discussion boards about charity campaigns. She is working on the Facebook Legacy Contact, finding ways to build compassion and empathy into social media. Katie earned an MA in Communication, Culture, and Technology at Georgetown University in 2015, and a BA in Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University in 2009. Her advisor is Jed Brubaker, an assistant professor in the Information Science Department.


“Control your emotions, Potter: ” An Analysis of Grief Policing on Facebook in Response to Celebrity Death