Nancy K. Baym

Nancy Baym is a leading scholar in the field of digital media and communication studies whose work has revolutionized our understanding of how the internet is transforming social relationships. A founder member and former president of the Association of Internet Researchers, her work has taken her from a senior academic post as Professor of Communications at the University of Kansas to the role of Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. Her highly original work on the impact of digital communication and the internet on personal relations has laid the groundwork for many academic studies, and her detailed work has given fresh insights into phenomena ranging from ‘the selfie’ and online fandom to the music industry. Her Polity book Personal Connections in the Digital Age has established itself as the essential guide to how the new digital environment has affected the intimate fabric of social life.