Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Faculty & Staff Directory

Annette Markham, PhD

Title/s: Affiliate Professor

Specialty Area: Digital media

Office #: Aarhaus University

E-mail: amarkham@gmail.com

External Webpage: http://markham.internetinquiry.org/


Annette Markham studies digital culture, specifically looking at the impact and everyday use of social media. She is conducting analyses of how people use social networking such as Facebook and Twitter during disasters. She is also exploring how our notions of privacy are shifting because of the public nature of our social media use. Her most recent research looks at how we might use both the practice and product of remix as a metaphor for thinking creatively about methods for studying networked culture. She has a strong background and training in interpretive, qualitative, and ethnographic methods.

Dr. Markham has been an award winning professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Virginia Tech, the University of the Virgin Islands, and Aarhus University in Denmark.  In addition to being a visiting professor here at Loyola, Annette is Guest Professor in the Department of Informatics at Umeå University in Sweden.  Her research can be found in a range of books and journals. She wrote the book *Life Online: Researching real experience in virtual space* (1998 Alta Mira) and has co‑edited Internet Inquiry: Conversations about method (2009, Sage, with Nancy Baym) 

She blogs occasionally at http://markham.internetinquiry.org/ and tweets as annettemarkham.


Ph.D. Purdue University, August 1997, Organizational Communication and Interpretive Qualitative Research Methods Published dissertation: Going Online: An Ethnographic Narrative

M.S. Washington State University, May 1993, Speech Communication Published Thesis: Dealing with Confusion and Tension in a Northwest Design Firm: A Cultural Analysis

B.S. Idaho State University, May 1988, Communication, cum laude

Professional & Community Affiliations

Chair (2016-present), Institutional Memory Committee, AoIR (Association of Internet Researchers)

Director of Future Making Research Network (from 2014), futuremaking.space, an international research network based at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Advisory Board (from 2016), Digital Ethnography Research Center (DERC), RMIT, Australia

Chair (2012-present), Ethics Committee. International Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR).

Secretary (2015-present): International Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR).

Selected Publications

Markham, A. & Baym, N. (2009). Internet Inquiry: Conversations about method. Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage.

Markham, A. (1998). Life Online: Researching real experiences in virtual space. Walnut Creek, CA:  AltaMira Press.

Markham, A. (1997). Going Online: An ethnographic narrative. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University. [dissertation]