Delaney Family Professor
Department of Communication Studies
Northwestern University

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  • I'm honored to be the inaugural holder of the Delaney Family Professorship.
  • I have papers forthcoming in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media (with Aaron Shaw), IEEE Privacy & Security (with Eden Litt), and Policy & Internet (with danah boyd).
  • I will be giving a talk at Fermilab in November, keynoting the meetings of the Coalition of Networked Information in December, keynoting the Chais conference at the Open University of Israel in February, and speaking at the University of Vienna in March.

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Brief background

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 popular media 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 called Ph.Do.

For more background information, see this feature article in the Princeton Alumni Wekkly.

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