Yla Tausczik

Yla Tausczik

Yla Tausczik

Assistant Professor



Ph.D., M.A., University of Texas at Austin, Social and Personality Psychology

B.A. University of California at Berkeley, Mathematics and Integrative Biology


2118C Hornbake Building, South Wing


Prior to joining her appointment as an assistant professor at the UMD iSchool, Dr. Tausczik completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University where she investigated the way that teams and communities collaborate online.

Research Interests

Improving collaboration in peer-production communities such as Wikipedia or Stack Overflow

How to enhance computer-mediated communication to make group conversations more efficient
How to design peer-production systems to support distributed problem-solving at an unprecedented scale
Social motivations,
and communication


  • Social Computing
  • INST 627: Data Analytics for Information Professionals
  • INST 304:Statistics for Information Science

Recent Publications & Products

  • Tausczik, Y. R., Chung, C. K., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2013). Tracking secret-keeping in emails. Proceedings of International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), AAAI, 388-397.

  • Tausczik, Y. R. (2016). Citation and Attribution in Open Science: A Case Study. Proceedings of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), ACM Press, 1524-1534 .

  • Tausczik, Y. R., Kittur, A., & Kraut, R. E. (2014). Collaborative problem solving: A study of MathOverflow. Proceedings of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), ACM Press, 355-367.

Research Projects: 

Facilitating Information Exchange in Crowd Problem Solving Discussions

Principal Investigator: Yla Tausczik

Online communities are a great way for people to post their problems and get solutions through open discussion; however, bias in information exchange in small group discussions could affect crowd discussions.