Keith N. Hampton
Endowed Term Professor of Communication and Public Policy
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Keith N. Hampton holds the Endowed Professorship in Communication and Public Policy and is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication. He is Co-Chair of the Social Media & Society Cluster in the School of Communication and Information and is an affiliate member of the Graduate Faculty in Sociology. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Toronto in sociology, and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Calgary. Before joining the faculty at Rutgers, he was an assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and Assistant Professor of Technology, Urban and Community Sociology & Class of '43 Career Development Chair in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His research interests focus on the relationship between new information and communication technologies, social networks, democratic engagement, and the urban environment. Most recently, he has looked at the outcomes of persistent contact and pervasive awareness through social media, including stress, social isolation, exposure to diverse points of view, and willingness to voice opinions. He has offered graduate- and undergraduate- level courses in social network analysis, communication and technology, and research methods. He is a past-Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Communication and Information Technologies (CITASA). He is an active member of the editorial board of the journals, Human Communication Research, and Information Communication and Society, and a former book review editor for the journal New Media and Society.

His research has received a number of awards and honors in recognition of his contributions. In 2015 he received the Paper Award from the Section on Communication and Information Technologies of the American Sociological Association. In 2012 he received the International Communication Association’s Outstanding Article Award. In 2011, he received the Top Paper Award from the Section on Communication and Information Technologies of the American Sociological Association, and the Walter Benjamin Award for Outstanding Article in the Field of Media Ecology from the Media Ecology Association. In 2007, he received an award for Public Sociology from the Section on Communication and Information Technologies of the American Sociological Association, and, in 2004, an honorable mention from the American Sociological Association Section on Community and Urban Sociology Robert E. Park Article Award for a distinguished scholarly paper in urban and community sociology. In 2003, the Media Ecology Association awarded him the Harold A. Innis Biannual Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of Media Ecology, and the Communication and Technology Division of the International Communication Association awarded him the Herbert Dordick Biennial Dissertation Award. In 2001, he was awarded a Canadian Policy Research Award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canadian Institute for Health Research, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Policy Research Initiative.

Ph.D., Department of Sociology, University of Toronto.
M.A., Department of Sociology, University of Toronto.
B.A. with Honours, Department of Sociology, University of Calgary.

A description of current research projects, CV, and copies of recent papers can be found on Dr. Hampton's website:

Publications and Presentations

Recent publications include:

Hampton, Keith, Lee Rainie, Weixu Lu, Maria Dwyer, Inyoung Shin, and Kristen Purcell (2014). Social Media and the "Spiral of Silence". Pew Research Center.Washington, DC.

Hampton, Keith, Lauren Sessions Goulet, & Garrett Albanesius (2014). Change in the Social Life of Urban Public Spaces: The Rise of Mobile Phones and Women, and the Decline of Aloneness Over Thirty Years. Urban Studies.

Lora Appel, Punit Dadlani, Maria Dwyer, Keith N. Hampton, Vanessa Kitzie, Ziad A. Matni, Patricia Moore, and Rannie Teodoro (2014). Testing the Validity of Social Capital Measures in the Study of Information and Communication Technologies. Information, Communication and Society 17(4), 398-416.

Hampton, Keith & Richard Ling (2013). Explaining Communication Displacement and Large-Scale Social Change in Core Networks: A Cross-National Comparison of Why Bigger is Not Better and Less Can Mean More. Information, Communication & Society 16(4): 561-589.

Gad, Samah, Naren Ramakrishnam, Keith Hampton & Kavanaugh, Andrea (2012). Bridging the Divide in Democratic Engagement: Studying Conversation Patterns in Advantaged and Disadvantaged Communities. 2012 ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Informatics, Washington D.C.

Hampton, Keith, Lauren Sessions Goulet, Cameron Marlow, and Lee Rainie (2012). Why Most Facebook Users Get More Than They Give: The Effect of Facebook "Power Users" on Everbody Else. Pew Research Center. Washington, DC.

Hampton, Keith, Chul-joo Lee, & Eun Ja Her (2011). How New Media Affords Network Diversity: Direct and Mediated Access to Social Capital through Participation in Local Social SettingsNew Media & Society 13(7), 1031-1049.

Hampton, Keith (2011). Comparing Bonding and Bridging Ties for Democratic Engagement: Everyday Use of Communication Technologies within Social Networks for Civic and Civil BehaviorsInformation, Communication & Society 14(4), 510-528.

Hampton, Keith, Lauren Sessions Goulet, Lee Rainie, and Kristen Purcell (2011). Social Networking Sites and Our Lives: How People’s Trust, Personal Relationships, and Civic and Political Involvement are Connected to Their Use of Social Networking Sites and Other Technologies. Pew Research Center. Washington, DC.

Hampton, Keith, Lauren Sessions, & Eun Ja Her (2011). Core Networks, Social Isolation, and New Media: Internet and Mobile Phone Use, Network Size, and Diversity. Information, Communication & Society 14(1), 130-155.

Hampton, Keith, Oren Livio, & Lauren Sessions (2010). The Social Life of Wireless Urban Spaces: Internet Use, Social Networks, and the Public Realm.Journal of Communication 60(4), 701-722.

Hampton, Keith, Oren Livio, Craig Trachtenberg, & Rhonda McEwen (2010).The Social Life of Wireless Urban Spaces: Photo EssayContexts 9(4), 52-57.

Hampton, Keith (2010). Internet Use and the Concentration of Disadvantage: Glocalization and the Urban UnderclassAmerican Behavioral Scientist 53(8), 1111-1132.