I’m Lindsay Blackwell, a Senior User Researcher at Twitter and PhD candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information. I am advised by Dr. Sarita Schoenebeck and Dr. Cliff Lampe in the Social Media Research Lab. I research ways to detect, prevent, and sanction online harassment and hate speech.

November 18, 2020: I’m joining Twitter as a Senior User Researcher, where I’ll focus on Toxicity and Polarization.
August 20, 2019: My work with On The Media producer Micah Loewinger is featured by The New York Times.

August 2, 2019:
 My work is featured by On The Media’s “Repairing Justice: How to Fix the Internet.”
March 26, 2019: I received UMSI’s Gender and Diversity in Information Award. I’m deeply grateful for this recognition.
February 21, 2019: One poster accepted to IEEEVR 2019: “Harassment in Social VR: Implications for Design” (with Nicole Ellison, Natasha Elliott-Deflo, and Raz Schwartz).
February 11, 2019: I’m joining Facebook full-time as a UX Researcher on the Community Integrity team, where I’ll focus on online harassment and hate speech.
November 15, 2018: One paper accepted to ICWSM 2019 (17% acceptance rate): “’I Just Want to Feel Safe’: A Diary Study of Safety Perceptions on Social Media” (with Elissa Redmiles and Jess Bodford).
March 22, 2018: One paper accepted to ICWSM 2018 (16% acceptance rate): “When Online Harassment is Perceived as Justified” (with Tianying Chen, Sarita Schoenebeck, and Cliff Lampe; PDF).
February 13, 2018: I contributed to Jacqueline Vickery and Tracy Everbach’s Mediating Misogyny: Gender, Technology, and Harassment, available for sale now.
January 27, 2018: I’m in Cambridge, MA at the CivilServant Community Research Summit, presenting a lightning talk about my research with HeartMob.
January 2, 2018: My research with HeartMob is covered by Salon: Social media anti-harassment strategies won’t stop trolls.
December 23, 2017: My research with HeartMob is covered by AlterNet: Why Twitter and Facebook’s Anti-Harassment Strategies Won’t Stop the Trolls.
December 13, 2017: My research about “justified” online harassment is covered by Spartan Newsroom: Online justice: social accountability or harassment?
December 6, 2017: I’m in Los Angeles, CA presenting work titled “What Makes a Bad Actor? Online Harassment and Redress” at All Things in Moderation: The People, Practices and Politics of Online Content Review—Human and Machine (ATM ‘17).
October 23, 2017: This fall, I’m working as a UX Researcher with PRO Unlimited at Facebook.
October 3, 2017: I contributed to Sue Scheff’s Shame Nation, available for sale now.
September 21, 2017: I presented a talk at Nerd Nite Ann Arbor on online harassment and trolling, titled “When Online Harassment is Perceived as Justified.” Slides here.
September 12, 2017: I received UMSI’s Outstanding Graduate Instructor (GSI) of the Year Award. I’m deeply grateful to my students and colleagues for nominating me.
August 22, 2017: I successfully defended my preliminary exam! I’m now a doctoral candidate and will begin working on my dissertation proposal. 
August 9, 2017: I’m presenting a short talk and a poster at Facebook’s UX Research Summit (UsERS) in Menlo Park, CA.
August 7, 2017: One paper accepted to CSCW 2018 Online First (27% acceptance rate): “Classification and Its Consequences for Online Harassment: Design Insights from HeartMob” (with Jill Dimond, Sarita Schoenebeck, and Cliff Lampe; PDF).
June 25, 2017: I’m in Watsonville, CA for HCIC 2017.
June 12, 2017: This summer, I’m working as a UX Research Intern with Facebook’s Protect and Care team in Menlo Park, CA.
May 25, 2017: I’m in San Diego, CA for ICA 2017.
May 19, 2017: I’ve been nominated by my program to attend the 2017 Human Computer Interaction Consortium.
May 5, 2017: I’m giving the keynote with Cliff Lampe at Library Camp 2017: An Unconference. Slides here.
February 25, 2017: I’m in Portland, OR for CSCW 2017.
January 25, 2017: I’ve been named a finalist for the 2017 Facebook Fellowship.  
January 17, 2017: My panel with Alice Marwick, Robyn Caplan, Amanda Lenhart, Whitney Phillips, Ryan Milner, and Kate Miltner, titled “Malicious Scripts: Investigating Online Harassment and Networked Abuse” was accepted to ICA 2017 (45% acceptance rate)Slides here.
December 8, 2016: I’m in Denver, CO at the Program Committee Meeting for CHI 2017.
November 28, 2016: In the winter term, I will be a Graduate Student Instructor for SI 110 (Introduction to Information) with Dr. Cliff Lampe.
October 19, 2016: I’m in Houston, TX at the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, presenting a Birds of a Feather session titled “Understanding Online Harassment: Definitions, Ethics, and Prevention” (PDF). Slides here.
October 18, 2016:  My white paper with Alice Marwick and Katherine Lo, titled “Best Practices for Conducting Risky Research and Protecting Yourself from Online Harassment” (PDF), is published by Data & Society. 
October 7, 2016: I’m presenting the results of my fellowship research—”Enforcing and Performing ‘Good’ Womanhood: Online Harassment as Social Sanctioning”—at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender’s annual Community of Scholars Symposium.
October 1, 2016: “‘The question exists, but you don’t exist with it’: Strategic anonymity in the social lives of adolescents” is published in Social Media + Society (with Nicole Ellison, Cliff Lampe, and Penny Trieu; PDF).
August 17, 2016: I’m in Cambridge, MA attending the MIT Media Lab’s Workshop on High Impact Research on Online Harassment and Moderation (PDF).
July 7, 2016: In the fall term, I will be a Graduate Student Instructor for SI 110 (Introduction to Information) with Dr. Mark Newman.
June 1, 2016: One session accepted to the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (18% acceptance rate)“Understanding Online Harassment: Definitions, Ethics, and Prevention” (with Zahra Ashktorab, Katherine Lo, and Elizabeth Lee; PDF).
May 7, 2016: I’m in San Jose, CA for CHI 2016.
April 28, 2016: I successfully defended my pre-candidacy paper! I am now a doctoral pre-candidate and will begin working on my preliminary exam.
April 20, 2016: I’ve been awarded an ISR-Rackham Summer Training Award to attend the 2016 Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques.
March 16, 2016: I presented a talk at Nerd Nite Ann Arbor on online harassment and trolling, titled “Trolls, Trouble, and Telling the Difference.” Watch here.
February 27, 2016: I’m in San Francisco, CA for CSCW 2016.
February 10, 2016: “LGBT Parents and Social Media: Advocacy, Privacy, and Disclosure during Shifting Social Movements” (PDF) has received an Honorable Mention for Best Paper at CHI 2016 (top 4% of papers).
January 15, 2016: I’ve been awarded a Community of Scholars fellowship from the Institute for Research on Women and Gender to further my work on online harassment. 
January 15, 2016: One paper accepted to ICA 2016 (46% acceptance rate)we interviewed users of anonymous question-answer site Ask.fm and surfaced benefits of anonymous interaction for adolescents.
January 10, 2016: I will be a Student Volunteer for CHI 2016. 
December 17, 2015: In the winter term, I will be the Graduate Student Instructor for SI 429 (Online Communities) with Dr. Nicole Ellison and for SI 529 (Online Communities) with Dr. Cliff Lampe.
December 13, 2015: One paper accepted to CHI 2016 (23% acceptance rate): an interview study with parents who identify as LGBT about the challenges associated with their social media use (with Jean Hardy, Tawfiq Ammari, Tiffany Veinot, Cliff Lampe, and Sarita Schoenebeck; PDF).
November 13, 2015: I presented a talk at Ignite Ann Arbor on online harassment and trolling, titled “Everybody Trolls Sometimes.” Watch here.
November 1, 2015: I will be serving on the CHI 2017 Conference Organizing Committee as the Assistant to the Chairs.
August 17, 2015: Two papers accepted to CSCW 2016 (25% acceptance rate): an interview study with parents and teens about managing household technology use (with Emma Gardiner and Sarita Schoenebeck; PDF), and a study in which young adults reflect on their teenage facebook use (with Sarita Schoenebeck, Nicole Ellison, Joe Bayer, and Emily Falk; PDF).
August 6, 2015: I have been appointed to the University’s Information Technology Council in the office of Chief Information Officer Laura Patterson.
May 15, 2015: In the fall term, I will be a Graduate Student Instructor for SI 110 (Introduction to Information) with Dr. Mark Newman.
April 15, 2015: I have been elected to Rackham Student Government as a Social and Behavioral Sciences representative.
April 13, 2015: I have been elected to serve on the School of Information’s Doctoral Executive Committee.