Katie Gach

UX Researcher

I am a qualitative researcher studying human experiences on social media. I just finished my 3rd year as a PhD student in CU Boulder’s Technology, Media and Society program (advised by Dr. Jed Brubaker). I research all things death + grief on social media, from Legacy Contact to mourning celebrities. My past work looked at real name policies and kindness on discussion boards about charity campaigns. I earned an MA in communication, culture, and technology at Georgetown, and a BA in cultural anthropology at Kansas State University.


Death and grief online, upsetting/sensitive experiences related to technology, identity, relationships, affect theory