By Amanda Lenhart

Joining the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research

So, I have some news. I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be joining the Associated Press – NORC Center for Public Affairs Research as a Senior Research Scientist. I’ll start part-time on September 12 to allow me to finish my current projects:

I’ll join AP-NORC full-time in January and will work out of the Bethesda, MD office.

One of the things that especially attracted me to AP-NORC besides the opportunity to work with great people was the chance to work closely with the AmeriSpeak panel. I’ve been deeply impressed with what I’ve learned about the quality of the panel and care taken with panelists, and I’m especially eager to begin working with the teen panel that they have developed. I’m also eager to work with great outside partners interested in doing stellar work in the public interest on topics around youth, media and technology. Feel to reach out to me through this website if you’d like to talk about working together.

You can read the AP-NORC press release here.

Changes Ahead

I’m delighted to announce that as of November 1, I’ll be joining the Data and Society Research Institute as a Researcher and serving as the principal investigator on the Measuring Cyberstalking and Digital Domestic Abuse across the Lifespan study funded by the Digital Trust Foundation. This new project will conduct a national survey of Americans ages 15 and older to measure the incidence of cyberstalking, digital abuse and harassment. My co-investigator, Michele Ybarra and I will also look at the prevalence of witnessing these types of behaviors in digital spaces, and do a brief look at how privacy practices may or may not relate to experiencing or witnessing such abuse. In addition to working on this project, I hope to do more speaking, writing and consulting on topics related to youth and digital technology.

I’ll remain at the Pew Research Center through mid-October, where I’ll be finishing up two reports; one that looks at the role of digital media in teens’ friendships, and a later report that looks at teens, digital media and romantic relationships. I’m sad to leave all my brilliant and wonderful colleagues at the Center after 16 years there, but I’m looking forward to new adventures!