Susan C Herring

Susan C Herring

Professor of Information Science

Adjunct Professor of Linguistics

Contact Information

(812) 856-4919
Luddy Hall 0115


  • Ph.D. at University of California - Berkeley, 1991


Susan C. Herring’s first intellectual passion was foreign languages. After being employed as a Graduate Student Instructor in the French Department and then the Linguistics Department at U.C. Berkeley in the 1980s, Herring was appointed as an Instructor in the Special Languages Program at Stanford University to teach Tamil,the South Dravidian language she researched for her doctoral dissertation, in the spring of 1989. She was subsequently hired as an Assistant Professor in the English Department at California State University, San Bernardino, to teach discourse analysis, in 1989, and promoted to Associate Professor in 1992. In the same year, she moved to the University of Texas at Arlington, where she was an Associate Professor in the Linguistics Program from 1992 to 2000. During that time the Internet was expanding rapidly, and her research interests shifted from traditional linguistics towards computer-mediated communication. In 2000, she joined the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University, where she was promoted to Professor in 2002. She also holds an Adjunct Professor appointment in the Linguistics Department at Indiana University and is a Fellow in the Center for Research on Learning Technologies and a Fellow in the Center for Social Informatics. In 2012-2013, she was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California. She is a past editor of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication and the current editor of Language@Internet.

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