Amanda Lenhart is a Researcher at the Data & Society Research Institute, where she leads a one-year project – funded by the Digital Trust Foundation– examining the prevalence of cyberstalking and digital domestic abuse in the United States.
Before joining Data & Society, Amanda was Associate Director, Research at the Pew Research Center, where she directed the research on teens, young adults, children and families with an emphasis on digital media and technology. Her other research interests include data and digital technology in education, gaming, and networked communication tools like mobile phones, social networks, blogging and other social information utilities. Amanda is the author of more than 30 reports for the Center. Her most recent reports include Teens, Technology and Romantic Relationships, Teens, Technology and Friendships, Parents and Social Media, Teens, Social Media and Privacy, and Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites.
Amanda also regularly speaks about her work to policy makers, at conferences and hearings and to the full range of print, broadcast and digital news media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, The NewsHour and NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, among many others. For her research about and knowledge of youth and their use of technology, Lenhart has testified before congressional subcommittees, the FTC and the U.S. States’ Attorneys General. Amanda also served on the international advisory board for the EU Kids Go Online Project, a recently completed massive 33-country research project based at the London School of Economics, and taught at American University. She currently serves on the media and communications advisory board to the Society for Research on Adolescence and is an affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
Amanda graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a double major in English and Anthropology, and earned a Masters with distinction from Georgetown University in Communications, Culture and Technology.