Graduate Student

Laurent Wang studies communication technology and social inequality. His current research examines how marginalized groups manage their privacy online and navigate reliable access to digital technology.


Laurent Wang (M.A., UC Santa Barbara) is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, his most current research seeks to understand how socioeconomically and/or demographically marginalized groups manage their privacy in a variety of online contexts, such as social media, and to uncover the underlying mechanisms that motivate successful privacy protection behaviors. Another line of his work aims to advance theoretical understanding of, and real-world solutions to, unstable access to digital technologies such as the internet, computer and mobile devices and its long-term consequences. He has published in leading journals and proceedings such as Psychology of Popular Media, Policy & Internet, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, and Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW).


B.A. (2021), University of California, Santa Barbara, Communication. 

M.A. (2023), University of California, Santa Barbara, Communication.