Keith N. Hampton is a professor in the Department of Media and Information, in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Before joining the faculty at MSU, he held the position of Endowed Professor in Communication and Public Policy and Co-Chair of the Social Media & Society Cluster in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University; Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania; and Assistant Professor of Technology, Urban and Community Sociology & Class of '43 Chair in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Hampton received his Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. (Hons) in sociology from the University of Calgary. He has offered graduate- and undergraduate- level courses in social network analysis, communication and technology, urban and community sociology, and research methods. He is a past-Chair of the American Sociological Association's Section on Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology. Hampton studies community and the relationship between digital technologies, social networks, democratic engagement, and the urban environment.