Stephanie Tom Tong (fe2816)

University information

Title: Associate Professor
Unit: Communication
Department: Fine & Performing Arts

Contact information

569 Manoogian
Fine Arts
Detroit, 48201

Academic Senate



Thru Year: 2025
College/Division: Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
Budget Committee Note: Member
Stephanie Tom Tong

Department of Communication

Honorific: Dr.
Title: Associate Professor

Stephanie Tong is an associate professor in the communication studies area. Her research interests lie at the intersection of interpersonal communication and new media. Specifically, she studies how people initiate, maintain, and terminate relationships using popular social media systems. Her research has appeared in a variety of top journal outlets including, Psychology and Health, Personal Relationships, New Media and Society, and Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. She teaches interpersonal communication, communication theory, and research methods at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Tong is the director of the Social Media and Relational Technologies (SMART) Labs, which investigates how technology affects how people make decisions about their relationships.

Outside of the lab and the classroom, you will find her in the great outdoors. Her free time is spent rock climbing, running, and hanging out with her rescue dogs, two “Chug” (Chihuahua-pug mix) named J. B. Fletcher and Panzer.

If you're interested in learning more about Dr. Tong's research, please visit the SMART Labs homepage. We are always looking for new talent--contact her to discuss open research assistantships and volunteer positions.

Degrees and Certifications:

BA, University of California, Davis

MA, Michigan State University

PhD, Michigan State University

Primary Research Interest:

communication studies, interpersonal communication, social media, relationships, AI

Primary Research Link:
Office Location: 569 Manoogian Hall
Homepage URL:
Primary E-mail:
Twitter Link: stomtong
Stephanie Tom Tong

Courses taught by Stephanie Tom Tong

Fall Term 2023 (future)

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

Fall Term 2021

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