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Purcell, Kristen

Associate Director for Research, Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
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Kristen Purcell, Ph.D. is the associate director for research at Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. At Pew, Kristen leads the design, implementation and analysis of nationally representative surveys, special population surveys, focus groups and interviews exploring the impact of the internet on Americans' social and civic lives. She has authored reports on online news and information consumption, the impact of digital technologies on organizations, the use of search and online video, and the rise of e-reading. Most recently, her work has focused on middle and high school teachers' experiences teaching students how to write and conduct research in the digital age, and how arts organizations use the internet and social media to connect with patrons. Dr. Purcell's work has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. She has shared Pew Research Center's data with audiences in the U.S. and abroad, including White House health officials, nonprofit organizations and associations, social media and marketing professionals, journalists, librarians and academics. Kristen is a native of New Jersey, and has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University, where she specialized in mass media and cognition.