Senior Researcher, Director of Teens & Technology
Pew Research Internet & American Life Project
Amanda Lenhart is the senior researcher, director of youth and technology research at the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. She is an expert on how adolescents and families use and think about networked technology. She is the lead researcher on Pew Internet projects focusing on youth and is the author of numerous project reports on the topic, including the project’s work on youth and smartphones, online civility, and privacy. Lenhart graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a double major in English and Anthropology and earned her master’s with distinction from Georgetown University in Communication, Culture and Technology. She taught at American University and serves as an advisor to the EU Kids Online Project, a massive 33-country research project based at the London School of Economics. She 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.