Daniel Halpern Jelin

PhD en Comunicaciones, Rutgers University (Estados Unidos). Magíster en Ciencia Política, mención Relaciones Internacionales, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Licenciado en Información Social y Periodista, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Áreas de investigación

Comunicación estratégica, medios sociales, medios digitales, e-government, tecnologías de información en organizaciones, métodos cuantitativos.

Cargo que desempeña en la Facultad

Director del Magíster en Comunicación Estratégica, del Diplomado en Redes Sociales online y Comunicaciones, y del Diplomado en Herramientas para la gestión de Comunicación Interna en organizaciones.

Director del think tank Tren Digital, y profesor del curso “Estrategias Comunicacionales 2.0: el uso de redes en organizaciones”.

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  • Halpern, D. Katz, J.E. & Carril, C. (2016). The online ideal persona vs. the jealousy effect: Two explanations of why selfies are associated with lower-quality romantic relationships. Telematics and Informatics, 34,1,114-123.
  • Halpern, D., Valenzuela, S., & Katz, J. E. (2016). “Selfie-ists” or “narci-selfiers”?: A cross-lagged panel analysis of selfie taking and narcissism. Personality and Individual Differences.
  • Halpern, D., Quintas-Froufe, N., & Fernández-Medina, F. (2016). Interacciones entre la televisión y su audiencia social: hacia una conceptualización comunicacional. Profesional de la información, 25(3), 1699-2407.
  • Caron, A.H & Halpern, D. (2016). To Glass or Not to Glass: A Study on Attitudes towards a Wearable Device. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication, 11,2, 1-17.
  • Halpern, D., Oh, K. E., Tremaine, M., Chiang, J., Bemis, K., & Silver, D. (2015). Learning Visualization Strategies: A qualitative investigation. International Journal of Science Education, 37(18), 3038-3065.
  • Katz, J. E., & Halpern, D. (2015). Can Virtual Museums Motivate Students? Toward a Constructivist Learning Approach, Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1-13.
  • Oh, K., Halpern, D., Tremaine, M., Chiang, J., Silver, D. & Bemis, K. (2015). Blocked: When the information is hidden by the visualization, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.
  • Halpern, D., Pena-y-Lillo, M., Goic, F., Reinoso-Aguilo, A., Figueroa-Zepeda, C., & Troncoso-Leiva, A. (2015). Self-diagnosis and online health information seekers: the Chilean case. Profesional de la información, 24(5), 621-629.
  • Valenzuela, S., Halpern, D., & Katz, J. E. (2014). Social network sites, marriage well-being and divorce: Survey and state-level evidence from the United States. Computers in Human Behavior36, 94-101.
  • Katz, J.E. & Halpern, D. (2013). Attitudes toward robots suitability for various jobs as affected robot appearance. Behaviour & Information Technology.
  • Halpern, D., Rosenberg, A., & Arriagada, E. (2013). Who are those Green Guys?: Understanding Online Activism in Chile from a Communicational Perspective. Palabra Clave, 16(3), 729-759.
  • Halpern, D. & Katz, J.E (2013). Close but not stuck: Understanding social distance in human-robot interaction through a computer mediation approach. Intervalla: Platform for intellectual exchange.
  • Halpern, D. & Gibbs, J. (2013). Social media as a catalyst for online deliberation? Exploring the affordances of Facebook and YouTube for political expression. Computers in Human Behavior, 29; 3, 1159–1168.
  • Katz, J.E. & Halpern, D. (2013). Political and Developmental Correlates of Social Media Participation in Government: A Global Survey of National Leadership Websites. International Journal of Public Administration, 36, 1, 1-15.
  • Halpern, D., Rashid, N. & Ki, S. (2012). Towards a Social Network e-Government Agenda? Measuring Participation 2.0 in the Arab World. In Proceedings of the ACM 13th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o 2012)
  • Halpern, D. & Katz, J.E. (2012).  From e-government to social network government: Towards a transition model. In Proceedings of the 3rd ACM Web Science Conference (Websci’12).
  • Halpern, D. & Katz, J. (2012). Unveiling Robotophobia and Cyber-dystopianism: The role of gender, technology and religion on attitudes towards robots. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI’12).
  • Halpern, D. Oh, K., Chiang, J., Tremaine, M., Bemis, K., and Silver, D. (2011). The Paradox of Visualizations: Making Information Comprehensible. In Proceedings of IEEE Information Visualization (VizWeek’11).
  • Oh, K., Halpern, D., Chiang, J., Tremaine, M., Bemis, K., and Silver, D. (2011). Which properties in 3D visualizations cause comprehension difficulties? In Proceedings of The American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T’11).
  • Halpern, D. (2009). Efectos de los comentarios generados por usuarios [Online newspaper: The influence of user comments]. Cuadernos de Información, (24), 29-40.


Libros y capítulos de libros

  • Katz, J.E, Halpern, D. & Crocker, ET. (2015). In the Company of Robots: Views of Acceptability of Robots in Social Settings. In Taipale, S., Luca, F. D., Sarrica, M., & Fortunati, L (Eds). Social Robots from a Human Perspective. Springer International Publishing.
  • Halpern, D. (2014). Mass Media. In: Michael T. Gibbons (Editor-in-Chief), Diana Coole (Associate Ed.), Elisabeth Ellis (Associate Ed.), editors. The Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Wiley-Blackwell. p. 2220-2221.
  • Katz, J.E & Halpern, D. (2014). An Eye towards the Future: A Binational Survey of Attitudes toward Google Glass. András Benedek & Kristóf Nyíri (Eds.). The Power of the Image: Emotion, Expression, Explanation. Frankfurt / New York: Peter Lang.
  • Katz, J.E & Halpern, D. (2013). Is a tour worth a 1,000 clicks? Skill, practice and performance in visualizing and enjoying a virtual museum visit. In András Benedek & Kristóf Nyíri (Eds.) Visual Learning, vol. 3. Bern: Peter Lang Verlagsgruppe.
  • Katz, J.E & Halpern, D. (2012). Time and biography: Folk visual metaphors. In András Benedek & Kristóf Nyíri (Eds.) Visual Learning, vol. 2: The Iconic Turn in Education. Bern: Peter Lang Verlagsgruppe.
  • Halpern, D. (2010) Gestión de crisis: Teoría y práctica de un modelo comunicacional. Ed. Ril, Chile.
  • Halpern, D., Gonzalez, J., Unda, P. (2009). El Pecado de El Rucio. Ed. Catalonia, Chile.


Presentaciones en conferencias

  • Halpern, D., Valenzuela, S., Katz, S. (2013). Does Facebook harm marriage and reduce marital satisfaction? Evidence from the United States. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National and Communication Association (NCA), Washington.
  • Halpern, D., Katz, J.E., Campbell, S. (2012). Social Media as a Platform for Civic Participation: Towards a 2.0 O-S-R-O-R Model of Communication. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National and Communication Association (NCA), Orlando.
  • Halpern, D. Katz, J.E, Ki, S. & Rashid, N. (2012).  From e-government to social network government: A global survey of national leadership websites. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Information and Communication Association (ICA), Phoenix.
  • Bemis, K., Silver, D., Chiang, J. Halpern, D. Oh, K.E., & Tremaine, M. (2011). Separating the representation from the science: Training students in comprehending 3D diagrams. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Annual Geographical Union (AGU).
  • Halpern D. & Lee, S. (2011). Civic Participation and Social Media:  Are They Bowling Together? Paper presented at the Annual Convention of American Political Science Association (APSA). The paper was in the SSRN’s Top Ten download list for Political Behavior: Cognition, Psychology, & Behavior e Journal.
  • Halpern, D & Gibbs, J. (2011). Social Media as a Catalyst for Online Deliberation: When Does the Medium Matter?, Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Information and Communication Association (ICA), Boston.
  • Halpern, D. (2011). Social Media and Civic Participation: Analyzing the web 2.0 as a political platform. Paper presentado en Eastern Association Communication, Baltimore.
  • Halpern, D. (2010). Becoming invisible through IM: A third order effectPaper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Association of Communication, Baltimore.
  • Hettinga, K. E., Ash, E. M. & Halpern, D. (2009). Effects of a trend: The influence of user comments on readers’ perceptions of online newspapers. Paper presentado en Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication National Conference, Boston, MA. Top Student Paper, Newspaper Division.



  • Rutgers. School of Communication and Information Fellowship para estudios en el programa de Ph.D. program, 2012, $10,000 y full remission of tuition.
  • Rutgers, University Continuing Fellowship entregado por la Graduate School, full remission of tuition 2009-2011.
  • Fulbright fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, Institute of International Education awarded for pursuing graduate studies, 2008‐2011,$26,500.
  • Mecesup fellowship, Ministerio de Educación, 2008‐2011,$78,000
  • Penn StateUniversity Continuing Fellowship entregado por la Graduate School, full remission of tuition 2008-2009.


Premios y honores

  • School of Communication and Information Travel Award, $300, 2012.
  • Summer Scholarship for outstanding scholarly, 2012.
  • Part-Time Lecturer Professional Activities Fund Award, Rutgers 2011.
  • School of Communication and Information Travel Award, 2011.
  • Journalism & Mass Communication National Conference, Top Student Paper, Newspaper Division, 2009.
  • Top Research Paper Award, College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), Penn State, Graduate Symposium, 2009.


Fondos de investigación

  • (PI) Riesgos y oportunidades del uso de TIC en escolares: Hacia una agenda de alfabetización digital para el alumno 2020. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Políticas Públicas UC.
  • (PI) Conectados: Cómo los medios sociales cambiaron lo que pensamos y hacemos. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Fondo de Desarrollo de la Docencia (FONDEDOC).
  • (PI) Cyberbullying en Chile. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, VRI de Inicio, 2013.
  • (PI) How senators are using Twitter? A comparison between Chile and US. Fulbright, summer grant, 2010.
  • (PI) Investigating Crisis 2.0. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, FONDEDOC, 2008.


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