Eszter Hargittai

Eszter Hargittai is associate professor of communication studies and research associate of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, where she heads the Web Use Project. She is also Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University, where she was a Wilson Scholar. Her B.A. is in sociology from Smith College, where she was a wannabe art major and spent much of her time in the Computer Science Department. Her academic work, among other things, looks at how differences in people’s Web-use skills relate to different types of Internet uses and online engagement. She is editor of Research Confidential, which presents a rare behind-the-scenes look at doing empirical social science research. Her hobbies include geocaching, photography (some of which she is proud to have had published), ballroom dancing, long walks, travel and sampling of good chocolate and pastries. She started Eszter’s Blog in 2002 and has also been contributing to the Crooked Timber group blog since 2003. After a relatively slow start with Twitter in 2006, she now adds comments daily.

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September 2, 2011
Publishing one's own work is essential in most academic areas. While some fields continue to put a lot of weight on books, writing journal articles is important in an increasing number of areas. The logistics of journal submission are not obvious. Nonetheless they are yet another aspect of academic professionalization that seems to go unaddressed in many graduate programs. In this piece I cover how you go about picking an appropriate journal for your paper and how you prepare it for submission.
September 24, 2010
Eliza Woolf chats with an English Ph.D. who made a career at an investment firm.
September 15, 2010
Clear expectations and regular communication are key, writes Eszter Hargittai.
August 27, 2010
Even in fields where it is not the norm, co-authoring papers can be a great way to learn the ropes of academic publishing, writes Eszter Hargittai.
December 21, 2009
Getting organized for MLA, AHA, AEA or various other academic meetings? Eszter Hargittai has some ideas about managing the travel time efficiently.
October 19, 2009
In my last piece, I discussed ways to think about when to start attending conferences and how to find ones that will be beneficial. This time around, I want to address what to do and what not to do once you have decided to take the plunge and go to a meeting. Below are some suggestions for how to make the most of it without sabotaging your career opportunities.
September 14, 2009
Eszter Hargittai considers where and when to take your work public.
July 31, 2009
Eszter Hargittai introduces her new column on how to prepare for a tenure bid -- from the first year of a graduate program through the years as assistant professor.
November 28, 2006
Eszter Hargittai explains why some e-mail sent to professors will be ignored and offers tips on how to get your queries answered.  

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