Grace A. Benefield, Ph.D.                                                              Curriculum vitae

Social Science & Social Network Internet Researcher                        grbenefield@ucdavis.edu

gracebenefield.com

                                     

EDUCATION


University of California, Davis

2018                         Ph.D. Communication

2015                        M.A. Communication

2013                        B.A. Communication (High Honors).

Minor: Managerial Economics

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS


Kasra, Mona, Shen, Cuihua, Pan, Wenjing,  Zhou, Bassett, Grace A., Yining, O’Brien, James.

(2018). Fake images: The effects of source, intermediary, and digital media literacy on contextual assessment of image credibility online. New Media & Society. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444818799526

Song, Hyunjin, Cho, Jaeho, Benefield, Grace A. (forthcoming, 2018). The dynamics of message

selection in online political discussion forums: Self-segregation or diverse exposure?

Communication Research.

Gil Lopez, Teresa, Shen, Cuihua, Benefield, Grace A., Palomares, Nik, Kosinski, Michal,

Stillwell, David (2018). One size fits all: Context collapse, self-presentation strategies

and language styles on Facebook. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/jcmc/zmy006 Link

Jiang, Ke, Benefield, Grace A., Yang, Junfei, Barnett, George A., (2017). Mapping articles on

China in Wikipedia: An inter-language semantic network analysis. Proceedings of the

Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS ‘50), Hawaii. Link

Barnett, George A., & Benefield, Grace A. (2017). Predicting international Facebook ties

through cultural homophily and other factors. New Media & Society (19)2: 217-239. doi

10.1177/1461444815604421

Benefield, Grace A., Shen, Cuihua, & Leavitt, Alex. (2016). How group social capital affects

team success in a Massively Multiplayer Online Game. Proceedings of the 19th ACM

Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW '16), San Francisco, CA. doi: 10.1145/2818048.2819935

BOOK CHAPTERS


Bassett, Grace A. & Shen, Cuihua. (2018, forthcoming). Gender and networks in virtual

worlds. In B. Foucault-Welles & S. Gonzales-Bailon (Eds.), Communication Science in

the Digital Age: New Frontiers in Theory and Research. Oxford University Press.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS


Kasra, Mona, Shen, Cuihua, Pan, Benefield, Grace A., Wenjing,  Zhou, Yining, O’Brien, James.

(2018, October). Fake or real? How viewers evaluate image credibility online. Paper to

be presented at the 2018 Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), Montreal, Canada.

Benefield, Grace A., Shen, Cuihua. (2018, May). Personality bubbles: Personality homophily

and Facebook friendship. Paper presented at the 2018 International Communication

Association Conference (ICA), Prague, Czech Republic.

Shen, Cuihua, Kasra, Mona, Pan, Wenjing, Benefield, Grace A., Zhou, Yining, O’Brien, James.

(2018, May). Fake or real? The effects of source, intermediary, and digital media literacy

on contextual assessment of image credibility online. Paper presented at the 2018

International Communication Association Conference (ICA), Prague, Czech Republic.

Gil Lopez, Teresa, Shen, Cuihua, Benefield, Grace A., Palomares, Nik, Kosinski, Michal,

Stillwell, David. (2017, November). One size fits all: Context collapse, self-presentation

strategies and language styles on Facebook. Paper presented at the 2017 National Communication Association Conference (NCA), Dallas, Texas.

Benefield, Grace A., Choi, David, Reynolds, Lindsay. (2017, August). Social influences in

Facebook Messenger. Project presented at the 2017 Facebook UX Research Summit.

Menlo Park, CA.

Benefield, Grace A., Litt, Eden. (2017, August). Perceptions in News Feed. Poster presented at

the 2017 Facebook UX Research Summit. Menlo Park, CA.

Gil Lopez, Teresa, Shen, Cuihua, Benefield, Grace A., Palomares, Nik, Kosinski, Michal,

Stillwell, David. (2017, July). One size fits all: Context collapse, self-presentation

strategies and language styles on Facebook. Paper presented at the 2017 International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2), Cologne, Germany.

Jiang, Ke, Benefield, Grace A., Yang, Junfei, & Barnett, George A. (2016, November).

Mapping articles on China in Wikipedia: An interlanguage semantic network analysis. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Benefield, Grace A., & Shen, Cuihua. (2016, June).  Group and individual network measures

predict individual performance in an MMOG. Paper presented at the annual convention

of the International Communication Association, Fukuoka, Japan.

Shen, Cuihua, & Benefield, Grace A. (2016, April). Gender differences in online network

structure: A comparison of two virtual worlds. Paper presented at the International

Sunbelt Social Network Conference (XXXVI), Newport Beach, CA.

Benefield, Grace A., & Shen, Cuihua. (2016, April). Comparing multilevel social capital

measures on individual effectiveness in massively multiplayer online game teams. Paper

presented at the International Sunbelt Social Network Conference (XXXVI), Newport

Beach, CA.

        *Awarded Best Poster Award ($50 prize)

Benefield, Grace A., & Shen, Cuihua. (2015, June). Group closure and brokerage: Social

capital and group effectiveness in massively multiplayer online games. Paper presented at

the International Sunbelt Social Network Conference (XXXV), Brighton, United Kingdom.

Benefield, Grace A. (2015, May). Who Controls the Internet? Internet Service Providers and

their interdependent directors. Paper presented at the annual convention of the

International Communication Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1745.7760

Benefield, Grace A., & Barnett, George A. (2013, April). Connecting the U.S. media: A network

analysis of mutual fund ownership of communication corporations. Poster presented at

UC Davis’ Annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities

Conference, Davis, CA.

MANUSCRIPTS IN SUBMISSION AND IN PREPARATION


Benefield, Grace A., Shen, Cuihua. Personality bubbles: Personality homophily and Facebook

friendship.

Frey, Seth, Benefield, Grace A. (with 9 other co-authors). (in preparation: Harvard Business

Review). Org-Scale Analytics.

Benefield, Grace A., Zhou, Jing, Yasseri, Taha. (in preparation: Frontiers). Who edits China’s

Wikipedia?: Sex differences amongst Baidu Baike editors.

Benefield, Grace A. & Jordan, Katy (in preparation). Qualitative perception vs. quantitative

network structure: Academic networks on multiple social media platforms.

Benefield, Grace A., Choi, David, Reynolds, Lindsay. (in preparation). Social networks on

Facebook Messenger.

TEACHING AND MENTORSHIP EXPERIENCE


2018                Intro to Communication (Online) Teaching Assistant (2 quarters)

2017                Group Communication, Lecturing Teaching Assistant (1 quarter)

2017                Communication Networks, Teaching Assistant (1 quarter)

2016                Supervised undergraduate honors thesis, Dezmon Hunter (2 quarters)

2016                Social Media, Teaching Assistant (1 quarter)

2016                Communication Theories, Lecturing Teaching Assistant (1 quarter)

2015                Empirical Methods in Communication, Lecturing Teaching Assistant

(1 quarter)

2015                Public Speaking, Instructor (1 quarter)

2014 - 2016        Public Speaking, Lecturing Teaching Assistant (4 quarters)

INDUSTRY RESEARCH EXPERIENCE


        2018                User Experience (UX) Researcher. Facebook Inc. Menlo Park, CA.

(Aug 2018 to present)

2017                User Experience (UX) Research Intern on the Facebook Newsfeed team.

Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA. (Jun 2017 to Sep 2017)

2016-2017        User Experience (UX) Research Contractor on the Messenger team.

Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA. (Dec 2016 to March 2017)

2016                 User Experience (UX) Fall Research Intern on the Messenger team.

Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA. (Aug-Nov 2016)

HONORS AND FELLOWSHIPS


        2016                Social Sciences Dean's Doctoral Fellowship for Excellence Award. UC

Davis Division of Social Sciences. $1,000

        2016                Summer Training Award. UC Davis Dept. of Communication. $800

2016                Graduate Student Association Spring Travel Award. UC Davis GSA. $500

2016                Dissertation Research Support Award. UC Davis Dept. of Communication. 

$1,000

2015                 International Communication Association Student Travel Award. ICA. 

$400

2013-2014         Provost’s Fellowship. UC Davis Provost. $40,000

INVITED TALKS AND WORKSHOPS


2018                Invited Speaker. “Personality bubbles: How personality friendship

homophily affects communication in social media.” Quantitative Psychology Brown Bag, UC Davis, Davis, CA.

2018                Panel Speaker. “Communication in the Networked Age: A Discussion of

Theory-Building Through Data-Driven Research.” International

Communication Association, Computational Communication

Interest Group. Prague, Czech Republic.

        2018                Guest lecture. “How to Get a Job Using Social Capital.” How Social

Networks Affect Your Life, UC Davis. Davis, CA.

2017                Guest lecture. “Groups and Technology.” Group Communication

(CMN130), UC Davis. Davis, CA.

2017                 The Science of Counter Earth Invited Speaker. William H. Neukom

Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth

College, Hanover, New Hampshire.

2017                Communication and Technology Doctoral Consortium Invited Participant.

International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.

2017                Guest lectures. “Basic Social Network Analysis” and “Advanced Social

Network Analysis.” Communication Networks (CMN 110), UC

Davis, Davis, CA.

2016                Summer Doctoral Programme Invited Participant. Oxford Internet

Institute, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

2016                Guest lecture. “Social Capital.” Social Media (CMN 153), UC Davis,

Davis, CA.

2015                 Seminar. “Impacts of Social Network Structures on Teams in Virtual

Worlds,” National Conference on Big Data and Social Network Analysis, Mexico City, Mexico.

2015                 Workshop. “Basic Social Network Analysis: An Introduction Using

Gephi,” National Conference on Big Data and Social Network

Analysis, Mexico City, Mexico.

2015                 Workshop. “Basic R and Using R for Social Network Analysis,” National

Conference on Big Data and Social Network Analysis, Mexico

City, Mexico.

SERVICE


2018                Reviewer. Human Communication Research.

2017                Reviewer. New Media & Society.

2016                External reviewer. Computer Human Interaction conference (CHI 2017)

2015-2016         UC Davis Department Executive Committee

2015-2016         UC Davis Department Social Committee

2013-2015         Graduate Student Representative, Graduate Student Assembly (GSA).

RELATED EXPERIENCE


2017                Graduate Student Researcher. DoD grant-funded social network analysis

on the international Internet structure

2015-present        Lab Member. Computational Communication Research Lab

2015-2017        Graduate Student Researcher. NSF grant-funded EAGER experiment

2012-2013        Undergraduate Research Assistant for George Barnett

TECHNICAL SKILLS


Research Methods                 Social network analysis; statistics; archival and log digital trace

data; surveys; experiments; focus groups

Software

Experienced                R [igraph, sna], Gephi, SQL, SPSS, UCINET, Qualtrics

Some Experience        STATNET, Python

Statistics

Experienced                SNA, Correlation/Regression, ANOVA, log linear analysis, t-tests,

chi-square  

Some Experience        Multivariate regression, mixed-effects models, canonical

correlation, linear algebra, repeated measures

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS


International Communication Association (ICA)

International Network of Social Network Analysis (INSNA)