Short CV/Education and training

  • 1996 – 1997
    Research assistant in the research-project "Strukturwandel und Technisierung – Auswirkungen auf künftige Anforderungen an Mitarbeiterqualifikationen" ("Structural Change and the Growing Use of Modern Technologies: Effects on Future Demands on Employees? Qualifications"), Catholic University of Eichstätt, Germany

  • 1997 – 1999
    Research assistant at the Department of Economic and Social Psychology, Catholic University of Eichstätt, Germany

  • 1999 – 2000
    Research assistant at the Department of Economic, Organizational, and Social Psychology, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany (Prof. Dr. Klaus Jonas)

  • 2000 – 2001
    Postdoc at the Department of Social Psychology, VU University Amsterdam (financed by DFG-grants UT 35/1-1 and UT 35/1-2)

  • 2001 – 2004
    Assistant Professor at the Department of Economic, Organizational, and Social Psychology, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany (till September 2003: Prof. Dr. Klaus Jonas; since October 2003: PD Dr. Eva Walther)

  • 2004 – 2012
    Assistant Professor (Universitair Docent) at the Department of Communication Science, VU University Amsterdam (tenured position; fulltime, since November 2011 3 days a week)

  • 2011 – 2013
    Associate Professor Social Media and Reputation Management at NHL (Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden; University of Applied Sciences) in Leeuwarden (2 days a week)

  • 2012 – 2013
    Associate Professor (Universitair Hoofddocent) at the Department of Communication Science, VU University Amsterdam (tenured position; 3 days a week)

  • Since 2013
    Leader junior research group ERC / Social media at the Knowledge Media Research Center, Tübingen

  • Since 2014
    Full professor communication with social media at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen

Selected publications

  • Utz, S. (2015). The function of self-disclosure on social networking sites: not only intimate, but also positive and entertaining self-disclosures increases the feeling of connection. Computers in Human Behavior, 45, 1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2014.11.076

  • Utz, S., Muscanell, N.L. & Khalid, C. (in press). Snapchat elicits more jealousy than Facebook: A comparison of Snapchat and Facebook use. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

  • Utz, S., Muscanell, N. & Göritz, A.S. (2014). Give, match, or take: A new personality construct predicts resource and information sharing. Personality and Individual Differences, 70, 11-16. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.06.011

  • Utz, S., Schultz, F., & Glocka, S. (2013). Crisis communication online: How medium, crisis type and emotions affected public reactions in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Public Relations Review, 39, 40-46.

  • Utz, S., Jonas, K.J., & Tonkens, E. (2012). Effects of passion for massively multiplayer online role-playing games on interpersonal relationships. Journal of Media Psychology, 24, 77-86.

  • Utz, S. & Kerkhof, P., & Van Den Bos, J. (2012). Consumers rule: How consumer reviews influence perceived trustworthiness of online stores. Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, 11, 49-58.

  • Utz, S., Tanis, M. & Vermeulen, I.E. (2012). It's all about being popular: The effects of need for popularity on social network site use. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 15, 37-42.

  • Baams, L., Jonas, K.J., Utz, S., Bos H.M.W., & Van der Vuurst, L. (2011). Internet use and online social support among same sex attracted individuals of different ages. Computers in Human Behavior, 27, 1820-1827.

  • Kleinnijenhuis, J., Van den Hooff, B., Utz, S., Vermeulen, I.E., & Huysman, M. (2011). Social influence in networks of practice: An analysis of organizational communication content. Communication Research, 38, 587-612.

  • Schultz, F. Utz, S., & Göritz, A. (2011). Is the medium the message? Perceptions of and reactions to crisis communication on twitter, blogs and traditional media. Public Relations Review, 37, 20-27.

  • Utz, S. & Beukeboom, C.J. (2011). The role of social network sites in romantic relationships: Effects on jealousy and relationship happiness. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 16, 511-527.

  • Steinel, W., Utz, S., & Koning, L. (2010). The good, the bad and the ugly thing to do when sharing information: Revealing, concealing and lying depend on social motivation, distribution and importance of information. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 113, 85-96.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • ERC starting grant ReDefTie – Redefining tie strength: How social media (can) help us to get non-redundant useful information and emotional support. 5 years, 2PhD positions, January 2013 – December 2017

  • Eurostars project InFuSe (development of an innovative information and communication service which integrates technologies for semantic search and social networking). 3 years, 2PhD positions

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • International Communication Association (ICA), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), European Association of Social Psychology (EASP), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs)


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