Skip to the main content

Eszter Hargittai is Professor and Chair of Internet Use and Society at the Institute of Communication and Media Research of the University of Zurich. Previously, she was the Delaney Family Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, where is remains affiliated. She has been a fellow in residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford (2006/07)and Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society (2008/09). She has also held visiting positions at the the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), University of Queensland (Australia), the University of Vienna (Austria), and Trinity College Dublin (Ireland).

Hargittai's research looks at how people may benefit from their digital media uses with a particular focus on how differences in people's Web-use skills influence what they do online. She has looked at these questions in the domains of information seeking, health content, political participation, job search, the sharing of creative content and privacy management, among others.

Hargittai's work has received awards from several professional associations including the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, the American Sociological Association, and the Eastern Sociological Society. For her teaching, she received the School of Communication’a Galbut Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award at Northwestern. Her research has been supported by the NSF, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Nokia, Google, Facebook, and Merck, among others. She has published 90 scholarly papers and several oped pieces. She has given over 160 invited talks in 15 countries on four continents including over 15 keynotes, and has presented at numerous conferences.

Hargittai is editor of Research Confidential: Solutions to Problems Most Social Scientists Pretend They Never Have (U. Michigan Press, 2009) and co-editor of Digital Research Confidential (The MIT Press, 2015). She is currently working on a book on managing your online reputation with forthcoming with Princeton University Press. She is also editing the Handbook of Digital Inequality forthcoming from Edward Elgar Publishing and another methods book forthcoming with Columbia University Press. She writes an academic career advice column at Inside Higher Ed called Ph.Do.

She has won some photo contests, has had her photography featured in books and calendars, and people she doesn't know have been willing to part with their money to own some of her paintings.

She tweets @eszter.


News

May 26, 2011

61st Annual Conference of the International Communication Association

Attending ICA 2011 this week and trying to figure out which sessions to take in? A number of Berkman Center people are also participating in ICA 2011... More

Jan 30, 2009

Design a cover for Eszter Hargittai's new book!

Eszter Hargittai, a sociologist and communication scholar who teaches research methods in the Media, Technology and Society program at Northwestern University, and who is… More

Oct 30, 2007

Berkman Luncheon Series: Eszter Hargittai on "Digital Na(t)ives? Skill and Internet Use"

Early this afternoon, Eszter Hargittai of Northwestern University discussed "Digital Na(t)ives? Skill and Internet Use" as part of the Berkman Center's weekly luncheon discussion… More


Courses

Seminar on Research Methods on Internet and Society - Fall + Spring 2009

The Internet, digital media and new computational tools raise new challenges while also offering new opportunities for ways to study our social world and the social, political,… More


Events

Jan 21, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

Internet Skills and Wikipedia's Gender Inequality

with Eszter Hargittai and Aaron Shaw, Northwestern University

Eszter and Aaron will speak about their research on the normal, daily use of the web as well as organization and mobilization within web communities. More

Feb 22, 2011 @ 12:30 PM

The Internet, Young Adults and Political Participation around the 2008 Presidential Elections

Eszter Hargittai and Aaron Shaw, Berkman Fellows

Based on unique survey data of a diverse group or young adults with unusually high representation of racial and ethnic minorities from Spring 2009, Eszter Hargittai and Aaron Shaw… More

Jun 23, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

Skill Matters: The Role of User Savvy in Different Levels of Online Engagement

Eszter Hargittai, Berkman Fellow

Much enthusiasm surrounds the opportunities made available by digital media for people to express themselves and participate in the public sphere without having to go through… More

Oct 30, 2007 @ 12:30 PM

Digital Na(t)ives- Skill and Internet Use

Eszter Hargittai of Northwestern University

Eszter Hargittai of Northwestern University lead a talk on "Digital Na(t)ives? Skill and Internet Use" examining trends in internet usage dependent upon socioeconomic factors and… More