Eszter Hargittai

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Eszter Hargittai
Eszter Hargittai 2008.jpg
Hargittai in 2008
Born Budapest, Hungary
Residence Zurich, Switzerland
Citizenship United States, Hungary
Alma mater Smith College
Princeton University
Known for Sociology of the Internet
Digital Divide
Awards G.R.Miller Dissertation Award, National Communication Association, Young Scholar Award, International Communication Association
Scientific career
Fields Sociology
Institutions Northwestern University
Doctoral advisor Paul DiMaggio, chair
Paul Starr
Miguel Centeno

Eszter Hargittai (born 1973[1] in Budapest, Hungary) is a communication studies scholar and Professor at the University of Zurich. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Smith College and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University where she was a Wilson Scholar.

She is currently Delaney Family Professor of Communication Studies and Faculty Associate of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University where she heads the Web Use Project.[2][3][4]

She was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford (2006–07) and a fellow at the Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin (2007). Currently, she is a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society.[5]

She is a member of the group blog Crooked Timber (since 2003).[6] She has been writing at Eszter's Blog since 2002.[7]

Her research focuses on the social and policy implications of information technologies with a particular interest in how IT may contribute to or alleviate social inequalities.[8] She has studied the differences in people's Web-use skills, the evolution of search engines [9] and the organization and presentation of online content, political uses of information technologies, how IT are influencing the types of cultural products people consume, and geocaching.

Her work is regularly featured in the media.[10] She was interviewed about the Internet and its social implications on CNNfn's The Flip Side on April 29, 2004. Her work on the international spread of the Internet was referenced by Wired News [11] and cited in a United States Senate[12] hearing. Other coverage includes BBC News [4] as well as the Chicago Tribune [13] the Washington Post,[14] The Wall Street Journal [15] and several other publications.

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  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF) .
  2. ^ Web Use Project About page
  3. ^ Entry at the Northwestern University Institute for Policy Research page
  4. ^ a b Life beyond Google on BBC News
  5. ^ Entry at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society page
  6. ^ Say Hello to Eszter entry on Crooked Timber
  7. ^ Launching entry on Eszter's Blog
  8. ^ Copies of Eszter Hargittai's research papers
  9. ^ The Social, Political, Economic, and Cultural Dimensions of Search Engines Special Theme of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
  10. ^ Web Use Project Press Coverage
  11. ^ Hundt, Reed, "Hundt: Nader Should Back Gore", Wired News', October. 12, 2000.
  12. ^ Senate Judiciary Hearing - R. Hundt - 5/02/01
  13. ^ "Web site urges Democrats to shop at 'blue' companies", Chicago Tribune, 14 December 2004.
  14. ^ "Program Aids Urban Poor In Accessing The Internet", Washington Post, 9 August 2004.
  15. ^ The Wall Street Journal, European Edition, January 26, 2000

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