Danah Boyd

Updated: 11/16/2019 by Computer Hope
Danah Boyd

Name: Danah Boyd

Born: November 24, 1977 as Danah Michele Mattas in Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA

Computer-related contributions

  • Social media scholar, youth researcher & advocate and author.
  • Works at Microsoft Research, New York University Media Culture & Communication and the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
  • Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
  • Writes for DMLcentral blog where she addresses issues of youth and technology use.

Significant publications

  • It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (2014).
  • Taken out of context: American teen sociality in networked publics (2012).
  • Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project (2009).
  • Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media.

Honors and awards

  • Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy (2012).
  • Award for Public Sociology from the American Sociological Association's Communication and Information Technologies (CITASA) (2010).
  • Named smartest academic in the technology field by Fortune Magazine (2010).
  • Listed as one of the top TR35 innovators under the age of 35.
  • Named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company (2009).


"I generally think students have these pages to express themselves and interests, but not necessarily what their actual reality is... they might talk about drinking a lot, but don't actually drink. Youth are trying on different faces to see how others react to them."