Liesel Sharabi

Asst Professor
TEMPE Campus
Assistant Professor
TEMPE Campus


Liesel Sharabi conducts research on interpersonal communication in the digital age. The primary focus of her work is on the intersection of communication technologies and romantic relationships. Some of her recent studies have used longitudinal, experimental, and content analytic methods to explore relationship initiation and development practices on online dating platforms. She is also interested in multimodality, where her emphasis is on the integration between technology use and face-to-face interaction. 

Sharabi’s research has been published in journals such as Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Communication Research, and New Media & Society, and featured in media outlets like New York Magazine, Men’s Health, the BBC, and The Huffington Post. She also blogs about relationships and technology for Psychology Today. 

Prior to joining the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, she was an assistant professor and Director of the Relationships and Technology Lab at West Virginia University. More information can be found on her website.


  • Ph.D. Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A. Communication, University of New Mexico
  • B.A. Communication, University of New Mexico

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Research Interests

  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communication Technologies
  • Relationship Initiation and Development
  • Attraction, Dating, and Marriage
  • Multimodality and Modality Switching
  • Online Dating and Social Media
  • Algorithms and Relationships
  • Technology Use and Mental Health

Research Group

The Transformation Project


Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
COM 310 Relational Communication
COM 492 Honors Directed Study
COM 493 Honors Thesis
COM 499 Individualized Instruction
COM 691 Seminar
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
COM 310 Relational Communication