Gina Neff

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Gina Neff
Headshot of Gina Neff, against a brown background
Gina Neff, associate professor at the Oxford Internet Institute
Born (1971-01-23) January 23, 1971 (age 48)
Campton, Kentucky, USA
Professor, University of Washington and University of Oxford
Spouse(s)Philip N. Howard
AwardsBest Book award from American Sociological Association,
Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Budapest
Academic background
Alma materColumbia University (Ph.D., 2004)
Graduate Center, CUNY (M.Phil, 2001) Columbia College (B.A., 1993)[1]
Academic work
DisciplineSocial Science

Gina Neff is a media and communication scholar whose work centers on the social and organizational impact of new communication technologies. Trained as an organizational sociologist, her research is at the intersection of concerns about work, technologies, communication and organizing. Professor Gina Neff is a senior research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford.[2] She studies innovation, the digital transformation of industries, and how new technologies impact work. She is co-author of "Self-Tracking" (MIT 2016). She was Associate Professor at the University of Washington.[3] She was also Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy at Central European University.[4] She was also a faculty member at the Center for Media, Data and Society.[5]

Her publication, Venture Labor: Work and the Burden of Risk in Innovative Industries,[6] won the Best Book Award from the American Sociological Association's Section on Communication and Information Technologies.[7] With Carrie Sturts Dossick at the University of Washington, she runs the Project on Communication Technology and Organizational Practices, a research group studying the roles of communication technology in the innovation of complex building design and construction. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and as of January 2015, Neff is currently at work on a three-year research project funded by Intel studying the impact of social media and consumer health technologies on the organization of primary health care. She also co-edited Surviving the New Economy (Paradigm 2007).

Neff holds a PhD in sociology from Columbia University, where she remains an external faculty affiliate of the Center on Organizational Innovation.[8] She has held appointments at Princeton University, New York University, Stanford University, UC San Diego and UC Los Angeles.

In addition to academic outlets, her research and writing have been featured in The New York Times, Slate,[9] Christian Science Monitor, Fortune, The American Prospect, and The Nation.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Self-Tracking (MIT 2016)
  • Venture Labor: Work and the Burden of Risk in Innovative Industries (MIT 2012)
  • Surviving the New Economy (Paradigm 2007)
  • Neff, Gina (September 2013). "Why Big Data Won't Cure Us". 1 (3). Mary Ann Liebert, Inc: 117–23. doi:10.1089/big.2013.0029. PMC 4114418. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  • Neff, Gina (November 24, 2014). "Uber removed blog post from data science team that examined link between prostitution and rides". Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  • Neff, Gina (September 6, 2014). "Generation i". The Economist. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  • Neff, Gina (July 30, 2006). "Interns, the Founts of Youth". New York Times. Retrieved January 3, 2015.


  1. ^ Neff, Gina (October 2015). "Dr. Gina Neff Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  2. ^ "Professor: Neff, Gina". Oxford. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  3. ^ "Department of Communication: Neff, Gina". University of Washington. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  4. ^ "Gina Neff". Central European University. Archived from the original on January 3, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  5. ^ "Centre for Media, Data and Society: Faculty". Central European University. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  6. ^ Watson, Tom (August 31, 2013). "Venture Labor: How Ambition, Technology And Opportunity Trumped The Career Ladder In 1990s New York". Retrieved January 3, 2015..
  7. ^ "The Communication and Information Technologies Section of the ASA". Retrieved January 3, 2015..
  8. ^ "Center on Organizational Innovation: Faculty and Staff". Archived from the original on December 8, 2014. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  9. ^ "Gina Neff". Slate. Retrieved January 3, 2015.

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