Keith Hampton


Keith Hampton

  • Title: Professor
  • Email:    Phone: 517-432-6747
  • Office: CA435

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.

Research Areas: Community and Urban
Selected Publications:

Hampton, Keith, Weixu Lu and Inyoung Shin. 2016. "Digital Media and Stress: Cost of Caring 2.0." Information, Communication & Society 19(9): 1267-1286. 

Hampton, Keith. 2016. "Persistent and Pervasive Community: New Communication Technologies and the Future of Community." American Behavioral Scientist 60(1): 101-124. 

Hampton, Keith, Lauren Sessions Goulet, & Garrett Albanesius. 2015. "Change in the Social Life of Urban Public Spaces: The Rise of Mobile Phones and Women, and the Decline of Aloneness Over Thirty Years." Urban Studies 52(8): 1489-1504. 

Hampton, Keith, Lee Rainie, Weixu Lu, Inyoung Shin, and Kristen Purcell. 2015. "Social Media and the Cost of Caring." Pew Research Center. Washington, DC. 

Appel, Lora, Punit Dadlani, Maria Dwyer, Keith N. Hampton, Vanessa Kitzie, Ziad A. Matni, Patricia Moore, & Rannie Teodoro. 2014. "Testing the Validity of Social Capital Measures in the Study of Information and Communication Technologies." Information, Communication & Society 17(4): 398-416. 

Hampton, Keith, Lee Rainie, Weixu Lu, Maria Dwyer, Inyoung Shin, and Kristen Purcell. 2014) "Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’." Pew Research Center. Washington, DC. 

Hampton, Keith & Richard Ling. 2013. "Explaining Communication Displacement and Large-Scale Social Change in Core Networks: A Cross-National Comparison of Why Bigger is Not Better and Less Can Mean More." Information, Communication & Society 16(4): 561-589.