Amanda Lenhart is Deputy Director of the Better Life Lab at New America. Previously, Amanda was a Senior Research Scientist at The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research where she worked on research on teenagers, social media and media as well as on developing new research products for conducting research with youth. Before joining NORC, Amanda was a Researcher at the Data & Society Research Institute. At Data & Society, she led a Digital Trust Foundation-funded project examining the prevalence of online harassment and digital abuse in the United States. During her time at Data & Society, Amanda was also involved in a Knight Foundation study on youth and mobile news consumption, as well as working on outside projects on the educational technology ecosystem of very young children in Silicon Valley and on paid and unpaid family leave for caregivers.
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. Amanda was the author of more than 30 reports for the Center, including 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’s current research interests include understanding the impact of technology, especially algorithms and artificial intelligence on all aspects of life, including the workplace, caregiving and family life.
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, families 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 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 both the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and of Data & Society.
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.
Amanda is parent and step-parent to 4 children who range in age from kindergartener to young adult.
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