danah boyd is a doctoral candidate in the School of Information at the University of California-Berkeley, a fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Communications, and a social media researcher at Yahoo! Her dissertation focuses on how youth engage in networked publics like MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Xanga, etc. In particular, she is interested in how youth formulate a presentation of self and negotiate socialization in mediated contexts where the audience is often unknown. This work is funded by the MacArthur Foundation as part of a broader grant on digital youth and informal learning.
Prior to Berkeley, danah received a bachelor's in computer science from Brown University and a master's in sociable media from MIT Media Lab. She has worked as an ethnographer and social media researcher for various corporations, including Intel, Tribe.net, and Google. She also created and managed a large online community for V-Day, a non-profit organization working to end violence against women and girls worldwide.