Professor & Chair of Internet Use and Society
Department of Communication and Media Research
University of Zurich

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Eszter Hargittai is a Professor and holds the Chair in Internet Use & Society in the Department of Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich where she heads Web Use Project research group. See CV for more details about current and past affiliations.

Hargittai's research focuses on the social and policy implications of digital media with a particular interest in how differences in people's Internet skills/digital literacy influence what they do online. Her work has received awards from the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, the American Sociological Association, the Eastern Sociological Society, and the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference. In 2010, the International Communication Association selected her to receive its Outstanding Young Scholar Award, in 2019, ICA elected her as a Fellow.

In addition to her academic articles, she has published numerous opeds (e.g., Covid-related opeds), 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 US National Science Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Markle Foundation, the Dan David Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, Microsoft Research, Google, Facebook, and Nokia, among others.

Hargittai is editor of Research Exposed: How Empirical Social Science Gets Done in the Digital Age (Columbia University Press, 2021), co-editor (with Christian Sandvig) of Digital Research Confidential: The Secrets of Studying Behavior Online (The MIT Press, 2015), and editor of Research Confidential: Solutions to Problems Most Social Scientists Pretend They Never Have (University of Michigan Press 2009).

She has written about academic career advice at Inside Higher Ed: Ph.Do.

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

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