Danah Boyd

Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research

Danah Boyd is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research and a research associate at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. In her research, danah examines everyday practices involving social media, with specific attention to youth engagement. Lately, she has been focused on issues related to privacy, publicity, and visibility. She recently co-authored Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. She is currently co-directing the Youth and Media Policy Working Group, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. 

Dr. Boyd is also an associate fellow at Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society. She is on the board of the New Media Consortium. She was a Commissioner on the Knight Commission on Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. In 2010, Dr. Boyd won the CITASA Award for Public Sociology. The Financial Times dubbed Dr. Boyd "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).

Dr. Boyd received a bachelor's degree in computer science from Brown University (under Andy van Dam) and a master's degree in sociable media from MIT Media Lab (under Judith Donath). She has worked as an ethnographer and social media researcher for various corporations, including Intel, Tribe.net, Google, and Yahoo! She also created and managed a large online community for V-Day, a non-profit organization working to end violence against women and girls worldwide. She has advised numerous other companies, sits on corporate, education, conference, and non-profit advisory boards, and regularly speaks at a wide variety of conferences and events.

Boyd is a Big Think Delphi Fellow.