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Dr. Dumova's research focuses on the social and cultural implications of established and emerging electronic media, and the role of technology in teaching and learning.

Social Networking: Redefining Communication in the Digital Age

book cover Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
978-1-61147-740-5 Paperback (new in 2017)
978-1-61147-738-2 Hardcover (2016)
978-1-61147-739-9 eBook (2016)

Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Anastacia Kurylo (Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies Department at St. Joseph's College) and Tatyana Dumova (Professor in the School of Communication at Point Park University), Social Networking: Redefining Communication in the Digital Age (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016) fulfills a pressing demand in social network literature by bringing together international experts from the fields of communication, new media technologies, marketing and advertising, public relations and journalism, business, and education. In Social Networking twelve erudite and expert contributors trace online social networking practices across national borders, cultural confines, and geographic limits. Social Networking delves into the socioeconomic, political, cultural, and professional dimensions of social networking around the globe, and explores the similarities, distinctions, and specific characteristics of social media networks in diverse settings. The chapters comprising Social Networking offer an important contribution to the scholarly research on the uses and applications of online social networking around the world and pertain to a broad range of academic fields. Overall, Social Networking addresses a subject matter of keen interest to academics and practitioners alike and provides a much-needed forum for sharing innovative research.

Reviews & Testimonials

"To those seeking a fascinating book filled with various perspectives and ideas, I recommend Social Networking: Redefining Communication in the Digital Age edited by Anastacia Kurylo and Tatyana Dumova."

"The final chapter of this book, "Social Network Research Methods: Approaches and Key Issues" comes from Dumova, one of the book’s editors. She notes that analyzing social networks presents interesting challenges to the researcher. One can study everyone from individuals to gigantic groups of people, from a number of perspectives and subjects. In addition, there exist a vast number of social networking sites to study in qualitative, quantitative, and a mix of other approaches. Dumova points out the methodological struggles with studying social networking, including the levels of analysis, data sources, sampling strategies, and ethical and use strategies. Dumova does a thorough job of explaining the methodological approaches to researching social networks, and constructively points out the challenges."

"I recommend this book to all undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, researchers, and anyone interested in social networking. Each chapter offers valuable information and carries an important perspective on social media and networking. There is much to be learned about the history of social media, where it is today, and where it will be tomorrow in all aspects of study. Social networking is a part of everyday life for the majority of the world, making this read a necessity."

– Laura Pope, Santa Clara University, Communication Research Trends, 2016, 35(4), p. 34-36.

"Kurylo and Dumova edited 10 chapters that "map the historical, political, cultural, economic, and communicative impacts of social networking technologies" (p. xi). Guy Merchant’s introduction, for example, introduces unique social network sites (SNS), such as QZone in China (480 million users) and VKontakte in Russia (249 million users) (p. 12). In the view of the professor in the Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom, networks "are more complex than social connections, and are perhaps better conceived of as heterogeneous assemblages of diverse objects acting and reacting to one another" (p. 20). The book would be useful to graduate students seeking theoretic grounding in SNS research for studies about personal engagement, mobile networking, and social movements."

– Jeremy Harris Lipschultz, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 2016, 71(4), p. 498.

"Enhanced with the inclusion of an introduction (Social Networking Without Walls), tables, figures, a six page index, and a seventeen page listing of the contributors and their credentials, "Social Networking: Redefining Communication in the Digital Age" is an impressive body of exceptional scholarship and a critically important contribution to professional and academic library Communication Studies reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists. For the personal reading lists of students and academics it should be noted that "Social Networking" is also available in a Kindle edition."

– Jack Mason, Reviewer's Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review, June 2016.

Blogging in the Global Society

book coverDumova, T., & Fiordo, R. (Eds.). (2012). Blogging in the Global Society: Cultural, Political and Geographical Aspects. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.
During the past decade, blogging has not only grown, but it has also become a truly international phenomenon: about two thirds of all blogs are written in a language other than English. Blogging in the Global Society provides a comprehensive view of blogging as a global practice. Bloggers have created a new virtual world—a blogosphere—populated with opinion leaders and information purveyors, political pundits and activists, human and animal rights defenders and abusers, corruption fighters and truth seekers, as well as professionals, marketers, advertisers, journalists, celebrities, artists, academics, and bored consumers of all sorts. This book provides a cross-disciplinary analysis of the social, cultural, and political factors affecting blogging practices, tracing the diffusion of blogging as a global communication innovation, uncovering particularities and patterns of adoption in different cultures and geographical regions, and shedding light on trends in the global blogosphere.

Reviews & Testimonials

"International contributors in communication, journalism, law, and religion present current research on blogging around the world and outline approaches for analyzing blogs. Each chapter begins with an abstract summarizing major findings, then gives the context behind the research, reviews the literature, and discusses major political, cultural, legal, and ethical issues and trends. Each chapter ends with notes on future research directions, references, and a glossary of key terms and definitions. Some specific areas examined include blogs as a source of democratic deliberation, citizen media and political conflict in Thailand, blogging among estranged and questioning Hasidim, the motivations of Latin American bloggers, and the First Amendment's impact on bloggers."

Book News Annotation, December 2011.

"This book contains 15 chapters organised into three sections. The first section contains five chapters dealing with political aspects of blogs along with cultural, legal and ethical issues. Individual chapters deal wi th blogs as a source of democratic deliberation, citizen media and political conflict in Thailand, blogmongering in China, women’s sport in the blogosphere’s reflection on women’s sports and self-regulation in blogging. Compared with similar research paper aggregations, this book is superior in its organisation, showing that the editors clearly understand how to present knowledge. Most blog researchers should hold this book in their private collections."

– I-Hsien Ting, National University of Kaohsiung, Online Information Review, 2013, Vol. 37, No. 2.

"This work is worth a look for shedding light on little-explored parts of the blogosphere and revealing to readers the extent to which blogging has infiltrated nearly every corner of the globe."

CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, Vol. 49, No. 8. ACRL CHOICE is the publishing branch of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

"This collection of research writings from international scholars examines blogging from a variety of perspectives, ranging from empirical studies to discussions of philosophical issues related to blogging and blogs. After reading this book, blogs will never look the same again. Blogging is a worldwide occurrence and blogs are used for a variety of reasons, both significant points emphasized throughout. The work as a whole is very readable and engaging, and the content proves to be both comprehensive and interesting. After reading this book, blogs will never look the same again. This volume is recommended to anyone with an interest in the impact of social media and blogging, whether bloggers themselves or not."

The Australian Library Journal, 2013, Vol. 62, No. 2, 158–179 - Catherine Gilbert, Parliament of Australia Library.

Handbook of Research on Social Interaction Technologies

Dumova, T., & Fiordo, R. (Eds.). (2010). Handbook of Research on Social Interaction Technologies and Collaboration Software: Concepts and Trends (2 Volumes). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.
Over the past few years, web-based social interaction technologies have witnessed a remarkable growth, penetrating many areas of people’s lives–from personal to public. Social software, also known as collaboration software or social computing, refers to digital electronic systems designed to advance social contact and interaction. The proliferation of social media, powered by social software, is testimony to the fact that society continues to develop a system of checks and balances intended to secure free information exchange and advance innovative means of social connectedness and participatory interactions. This is an emerging cross-disciplinary research area that is essential for understanding the potential benefits of the Internet and the World Wide Web.

handbook 2 volDr. Dumova has lead-edited a Handbook of Research on Social Interaction Technologies: Concepts and Trends. This two-volume publication presents groundbreaking interdisciplinary research on the latest web-based communication technologies and brings together 86 authors from 13 countries. The book focuses on the latest explosion of Internet-based collaboration tools and platforms reaching end-users; it explores their origins, structures, purposes, and functions; and it muses over how social interaction technologies (SIT) can expand human abilities and powers. The handbook aims to generate dialogue among diverse scientists to enrich, in the words of Thomas Kuhn, "the entire constellation of beliefs, values, techniques, and so on shared by the members of a given community.

Reviews & Testimonials

"Of interest to IT/IS scholars and professionals, as well as end users, this two-volume reference explores the origins, structures, and purposes of Internet-based collaboration and social networking tools and platforms."

- Book News Annotation, 2009.

"This handbook accomplishes a very important task by managing to present, in a systematic way, a broad collection of latest research on technologies, platforms and tools for social interaction and collaboration made possible via the Internet and the Web. The handbook reveals the recent progress done in the direction of making the Web a valuable artefact to humanity. The handbook is of real value to the general reader, and offers a rich collection of material for any student or researcher interested in the science of the Web."

- Professor Dr. Paul G. Spirakis, Director, Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, Greece.

"Monographic scientific considerations and broad topical collections on Social Web are still rare. One relatively broad overview can be found in Dumova and Fiordo."

- Katrine Weller, Knowledge Representation in the Social Semantic Web. Berlin, Germany, Walter de Gruyter, 2010, p. 6.

Dissertation Research

book coverDumova's dissertation research aimed to identify, analyze, and evaluate prosocial messages contained in News Six, a local children's TV series produced by WBGU-PBS, Bowling Green, Ohio in 1972-2002. The analysis focused on the program content in terms of the socializing function it served for the viewers. The social cognitive theory of mass communication developed by a Stanford psychologist Albert Bandura provided a framework for the explication of how televised messages were acknowledged by the audience. Results demonstrate that prosocial television is not only possible as a genre in itself but also capable of successfully linking television content with socially valued attitudes and behaviors.

Selected Publications

Tatyana Dumova's Google Scholar profile

Works by Tatyana Dumova Indexed in WorldCat