Amanda Lenhart is Associate Director, Research at the Pew Research Center, where she directs research on young adults, teens, children and families and how they use and think about digital technologies. Her other research interests include education, gaming, and networked communication tools like mobile phones, social networks, blogging and other social information utilities. She is the author of more than 30 reports for the Project. The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan source of data and analysis. It does not take advocacy positions.
For her research about and knowledge of youth and their use of technology, Amanda has testified before congressional subcommittees, the FTC and the U.S. States' Attorneys General, and presented her work at numerous academic and non-academic conferences and briefings as well as to the media. Amanda appeared on the PBS Newshour, NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered and has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, and numerous other publications. Amanda has served on the international advisory board for the EU Kids Go Online Project and is an affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
Amanda has been with the Project since its inception. She 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.