College of Communication and Information Sciences

Journalism and Creative Media


(205) 348-9238

Dr. Elliot Panek studies the uses and effects of digital media from sociological and psychological perspectives. He has published research in top-tier academic journals on the topics of social media and narcissism, texting while driving, media addiction, and media use and political polarization. His research has been covered by The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune,, and The North Korea Times. He currently teaches courses on digital media and culture, research methods, and film history.