Eszter Hargittai is Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Faculty Associate of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University where she heads the Web Use Project. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University where she was a Wilson Scholar. Before joining the faculty at Northwestern, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton. In 2006/07 she was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.
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. Her research projects have looked at 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, and how IT are influencing the types of cultural products people consume.
In addition to her academic articles, her work has also been featured on CNNfn, the BBC's Web site and several national dailies. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Markle Foundation, the Dan David Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation, among others.