Hi there and welcome to my website!
I am a 4th year Ph.D. Candidate in Communication at the University of California, Davis. I research how people interact with each other in online communities, such as open source collaboration (Wikipedia, Github), Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs), and social networking sites (Facebook, etc.).
Because most people use online communities extensively, studies are beginning to test questions of organizational science in these virtual worlds. I have used mostly event-based archival data to examine people’s interactions through their digital traces. I am interested in how people collaborate based on their positions in different kinds of social networks (social or more task-oriented) in mediated settings. I am especially interested in generalizing my research findings to organizations or other online communities.
My Curriculum Vitae can be viewed here.
Most of my publications can be viewed and/or downloaded here.
I am most available through e-mail: grbenefield AT ucdavis DOT edu