Kristen Barta is a social media researcher and writer. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Washington and an M.A. in Media Studies from Stanford University. Her research interests include social media visibility, privacy and disclosure, and social support. More specifically, her work engages with how users at the margins, such as women migrating to the U.S. and sexual assault survivors, navigate social media structures and features to manage risk and realize personal goals.