danah boyd [styled lower case] is principal researcher at Microsoft Research, president and founder of Data & Society, and a visiting professor at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Previously, boyd worked as an ethnographer and social media researcher for various corporations, including Intel, Tribe.net, Google, and Yahoo. She was also a commissioner on the 2008-2009 Knight Commission on Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy; from 2009-2013, she served on the World Economic Forum’s Social Media Global Agenda Council; she co-directed the Internet Safety Technical Task Force in 2008 at the Berkman Center; and she has also worked with the Born This Way Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the U.S. Commerce Department.

In addition, boyd is a director of both Crisis Text Line and Social Science Research Council and a trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian. She sits on advisory boards for Electronic Privacy Information Center, Brown University Department of Computer Science, and the School of Information at the University of Michigan.

Boyd is the author of It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens and the co-author of Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media and Participatory Culture in a Networked Era.

Last Updated: October 19, 2017