Katie Gach
PhD, Technology, Media & Society ‘21
ATLAS Institute


Katie Gach is a digital ethnographer studying human experiences on social platforms. For her dissertation, she is researching how people manage post-mortem social media data. Her work has directly influenced changes to Facebook's memorialization options, and has examined how people respond to celebrity deaths. Katie earned a master's degree in Communication, Culture, and Technology at Georgetown University in 2015, and a Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology at Kansas State University in 2009. Her advisor is Jed Brubaker, an assistant professor in the Information Science Department.

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Katie Z. Gach and Jed R. Brubaker. 2020. Experiences of Trust in Postmortem Profile Management. Trans. Soc. Comput. 3, 1, Article 2 (February 2020), 26 pages. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3365525

Katie Z. GachCasey Fiesler, and Jed R. Brubaker. 2017. “Control your emotions, Potter”: An Analysis of Grief Policing on Facebook in Response to Celebrity Death. Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 1, CSCW, Article 47, 18 pages. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3134682 (December 2017).