Hargittai in 2008
|Citizenship||United States, Hungary|
|Alma mater||Smith College|
|Known for||Sociology of the Internet|
|Awards||G.R.Miller Dissertation Award, National Communication Association, Young Scholar Award, International Communication Association|
|Doctoral advisor||Paul DiMaggio, chair|
Eszter Hargittai (born 1973 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.
Before moving to Zurich, she was Delaney Family Professor of Communication Studies and Faculty Associate of the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at Northwestern University where she is still affiliated as Adjunct Professor and Fellow at IPR.
She was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford (2006–07), a fellow at the Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin (2007), and a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society (2008-09) where she is now on the Faculty Advisory Board.
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. She has studied the differences in people's Web-use skills, the evolution of search engines  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. 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  and cited in a United States Senate hearing. Other coverage includes BBC News as well as the Chicago Tribune  the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal  and several other publications.
- Research Confidential: Solutions to Problems Most Social Scientists Pretend They Never Have Hargittai, Eszter (editor). Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 2009.
- Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF).
- Entry at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society page
- Say Hello to Eszter entry on Crooked Timber
- Launching entry on Eszter's Blog
- Copies of Eszter Hargittai's research papers
- The Social, Political, Economic, and Cultural Dimensions of Search Engines Special Theme of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
- Web Use Project Press Coverage
- Hundt, Reed, "Hundt: Nader Should Back Gore", Wired News', October. 12, 2000.
- Senate Judiciary Hearing - R. Hundt - 5/02/01
- "Web site urges Democrats to shop at 'blue' companies", Chicago Tribune, 14 December 2004.
- "Program Aids Urban Poor In Accessing The Internet", Washington Post, 9 August 2004.
- The Wall Street Journal, European Edition, January 26, 2000