Eszter Hargittai is Delaney Family Professor in the Communication Studies Department and Faculty Associate
of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University where she heads the Web Use Project. She is
also Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society where she spent the 2008-09 academic year in
residence. In 2006-07, she was a Fellow at Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.
She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University (2003) where she was a Wilson Scholar.
Hargittai's research focuses on the social and policy implications of
digital media with a particular interest in how differences in
people's Web-use skills influence what they do online. Her work has
received awards from the American Sociological Association, the
Eastern Sociological Society, the International Communication
Association, the National Communication Association and the
Telecommunications Policy Research Conference. In 2010, the
International Communication Association selected her to receive its
Outstanding Young Scholar Award.
In addition to her
academic articles, her work has also been featured in numerous
outlets including the New York Times, BBC, CNNfn, USA Today, the Chicago
Tribune, the Washington Post and many others. Her work has been supported by
the National Science Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur
Foundation, the Markle Foundation, the Dan David
Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, Nokia and Google among others.
Hargittai is editor of Research
Confidential: Solutions to Problems Most Social Scientists Pretend They Never Have" (University of Michigan Press 2009), which presents a
rare behind-the-scenes look at doing empirical social science research.
She writes an academic career advice column at Inside Higher Ed
For more background information, see this feature
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