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Christian Sandvig is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies and at the School of Information at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he is a researcher specializing in the development of Internet infrastructure and public policy. Sandvig’s work examines such topics as wireless Internet design and use, expanding broadband access, the difference between rural and urban Internet users, and the role of government in the provision of broadband service.

Before moving to Michigan, Sandvig was an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he founded the Center for People & Infrastructures. He previously served as Markle Foundation Information Policy Fellow at the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, Oxford University. Sandvig was previously a resident fellow at the Berkman Center in 2009-10. At Berkman he co-founded the Infrastructure Group

Quotations, interviews, and articles about Sandvig's research have appeared in stories in/on The Economist, The New York Times, The Associated Press, National Public Radio, Businessweek, CBS News, and other media outlets. Sandvig's writing appears in The Huffington Post.

Sandvig has been named a "next-generation leader in science and technology policy" in a faculty competition organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He previously received the Faculty Early Career Development Award from the US National Science Foundation (NSF CAREER) in the area of Human-Centered Computing.  

Sandvig's scholarly work has received best paper awards at meetings of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI), the International Communication Association (ICA), the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and the Telecommunication Policy Research Conference (TPRC).

Sandvig is also a computer programmer with industry experience consulting for a Fortune 500 company, a regional government, and a San Francisco Bay Area software start-up.  Sandvig received the Ph.D. in Communication Research from Stanford University in 2002.


May 25, 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...

May 21, 2010

Radio Berkman 153: The Wonderful World of Spectrum

This week on Radio Berkman: Christian Sandvig introduces David Weinberger to the electromagnetic spectrum and its human uses...

Apr 21, 2010

(Futures) news, social science, Internet filtering (more)

Seven different pieces of writing and research from the Berkman Center community have appeared over the last seven days, from Ethan Zuckerman's essay in the latest issue of…


Sep 28, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

The Computer Says No

The Bad News About Online Discrimination in Algorithmic Systems

Join us at the University of Michigan for a discussion with Solon Barocas, J. Nathan Matias, H. V. Jagadish, and Christian Sandvig on the potential for discrimination and digital…

Apr 17, 2010 @ 6:15 PM

Future Social Science On and With Digital Media

at HASTAC 2010

In this virtual panel, five scholars will comment for five minutes each on emerging research problems, opportunities, and methods in social science both with and about digital…

Apr 6, 2010 @ 12:30 PM

The Television Cannot Be Revolutionized

Christian Sandvig, Berkman Fellow

Christian will discuss recent developments on sites like YouTube, Hulu, and Fancast as well as research about how audiences watch online video both suggest a retrenchment of…

Mar 23, 2010 @ 6:00 PM

Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyberscholar Working Group

At this installment of Cyberscholars, Berkman Fellow Christian Sandvig will present on "Alien Infrastructures: Learning from Unusual Arrangements of Information and Communication…