EAB profile: danah boyd

danah boyd

External Advisory Board member danah boyd

The External Advisory Board of the School of Information is composed of nationally recognized information experts from business and academia who provide counsel on a wide range of issues affecting the future of UMSI, from curriculum development to research initiatives.

danah boyd is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research, a research assistant professor in media, culture and communication at New York University, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a research fellow of the Born This Way Foundation, and an adjunct associate professor at the University of New South Wales.

Her research examines the intersection of technology, society, and youth culture. Currently, she’s focused on privacy, youth meanness and cruelty, and human trafficking. She co-authored Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. She’s working on a new book called It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens.

In 2011, danah was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum; she is on the Social Media Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum. The Financial Times dubbed danah “The High Priestess of Internet Friendship” while Fortune magazine identified her as the smartest academic in tech. She was identified as one of Technology Review’s 2010 Young Innovators under 35 (TR35). Her work has been profiled by numerous publications, including the New York Times, Fast Company, the Boston Globe, and Forbes magazine.

She received an undergraduate degree in computer science from Brown University and a master’s in sociable media from MIT Media Lab. She received her PhD in information from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008.

She blogs at www.zephoria.org/thoughts/ and tweets at @zephoria.

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