Amanda Lenhart

Senior Research Scientist, Data & Society Research Institute

Amanda Lenhart is a Senior Research Scientist at the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and a Researcher at the Data & Society Research Institute. Her research focuses on online harassment and abuse, and on the attitudes and practices of young people on important civic and social issues – with a particular emphasis on how young people and families with children use and manage the networked technologies in their lives. 

Prior to joining Data & Society, Amanda spent 16 years at the Pew Research Center. As Associate Director for Research, she oversaw research on how young adults, teens, children and families use technology. Amanda authored more than 30 reports for the Center’s Internet Project including Teens, Technology and Friendships, Teens, Technology and Romantic Relationships, and Teens, Social Media and Privacy.

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 and their use of technology, Amanda has testified before congressional subcommittees, the FTC and the U.S. States’ Attorneys General.  She taught at American University and served on the international advisory board for the EU Kids Go Online 2 Project, a massive 33-country research project based at the London School of Economics. Amanda currently serves on the media and communications advisory board to the Society for Research on Adolescence and is an affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.