Moira Burke

Data Scientist - Core Data Science

I’m a computational social scientist who focuses on the intersection of well-being and social technology. My team and I do a combination of large scale data science, international surveys and qualitative work to understand how technology affects social support, happiness, loneliness and social capital. My work has won Best Paper awards at CHI and CSCW, and influenced the design of Facebook’s News Feed, suicide prevention tools and privacy settings.


Social computing, psychological well-being, computer-mediated communication and audience concerns

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Latest Publications

CSCW - October 17, 2020

Country Differences in Social Comparison on Social Media

Justin Cheng, Moira Burke, Bethany de Gant

Social Media + Society - August 11, 2020

What Are Meaningful Social Interactions in Today’s Media Landscape? A Cross-Cultural Survey

Eden Litt, Siyan Zhao, Robert Kraut, Moira Burke

PNAS - July 6, 2020

Adherence to suicide reporting guidelines by news shared on a social networking platform

Steven A. Sumner, Moira Burke, Farshad Kooti

CHI - April 25, 2020

Social Comparison and Facebook: Feedback, Positivity, and Opportunities for Comparison

Moira Burke, Justin Cheng, Bethany de Gant

CHI - April 25, 2020

How Well Do People Report Time Spent on Facebook? An Evaluation of Established Survey Questions with Recommendations

Sindhu Kiranmai Ernala, Moira Burke, Alex Leavitt, Nicole Ellison

CHI - May 4, 2019

Understanding Perceptions of Problematic Facebook Use

Justin Cheng, Moira Burke, Elena Goetz Davis

CHI 2018 - April 21, 2018

Social Influence and Reciprocity in Online Gift Giving

René F. Kizilcec, Eytan Bakshy, Dean Eckles, Moira Burke

Journal: Computers in Human Behavior - July 24, 2017

Untagging on Social Media: Who Untags, What do they Untag, and Why?

Jeremy Birnholt, Moira Burke, Annie Steele

ACPD - June 22, 2017

Is smoke on your mind? Using social media to assess smoke exposure

Bonne Ford, Moira Burke, William Lassman, Gabriele Pfister, Jeffrey R. Pierce

Nature Human Behavior - April 24, 2017

Connective recovery in social networks after the death of a friend

William Hobbs, Moira Burke

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization - December 16, 2016

The Paradox of Weak Ties in 55 Countries

Laura K. Gee, Jason J. Jones, Christopher J. Fariss, Moira Burke, James H. Fowler

PNAS - October 31, 2016

Online Social Integration is Associated with Reduced Mortality Risk

William Hobbs, Moira Burke, Nicholas Christakis, James H. Fowler

CSCW - February 27, 2016

Modeling Self-Disclosure in Social Networking Sites

Yi-Chia Wang, Moira Burke, Robert Kraut

CSCW 2016 - February 27, 2016

What’s in a Like? Attitudes and Behaviors Around Receiving Likes on Facebook

Lauren Scissors, Moira Burke, Steve Wengrovitz

CSCW 2016 - February 27, 2016

Once More with Feeling: Supportive Responses to Social Sharing on Facebook

Moira Burke, Mike Develin

Journal of Labor Economics - January 13, 2016

Social Networks and Labor Markets: How Strong Ties Relate to Job Transmission On Facebook’s Social Network

Laura K. Gee, Jason Jones, Moira Burke

CHI - April 26, 2014

Growing Closer on Facebook: Changes in Tie Strength Through Site Use

Moira Burke, Robert Kraut

ICWSM - July 8, 2013

Families on Facebook

Moira Burke, Lada Adamic, Karyn Marciniak

CHI'13 - April 27, 2013

Gender, Topic, and Audience Response: An Analysis of User-Generated Content on Facebook

Yi-Chia Wang, Moira Burke, Robert Kraut

ACM (CHI) - April 27, 2013

Quantifying the Invisible Audience in Social Networks

Michael Bernstein, Eytan Bakshy, Moira Burke, Brian Karrer

CHI - February 1, 2011

Social Capital on Facebook: Differentiating Uses and Users

Moira Burke, Robert Kraut, Cameron Marlow

CHI - February 1, 2010

Social Network Activity and Social Well-Being

Moira Burke, Cameron Marlow, Thomas Lento

ACM CHI - June 1, 2009

Feed Me: Motivating Newcomer Contribution in Social Network Sites

Moira Burke, Cameron Marlow, Thomas Lento