Keith N. Hampton is a professor in the Department of Media and Information, in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. 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. He 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.
His research interests focus on how the use of communication and information technologies is related to the structure of people’s personal networks. Past work includes studies of neighboring, democratic engagement, and the urban environment. Most recently, he has looked at the outcomes of persistent contact and pervasive awareness through social media, including stress, depression, tolerance, social isolation, exposure to diverse points of view, and willingness to voice opinions. He has offered graduate- and undergraduate- level courses in social network analysis, communication and technology, and research methods. He is a past-Chair of the American Sociological Association's Section on Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology.
Hampton's research has received a number of awards and honors in recognition of his contributions. In 2017 he was elected a member of the Sociological Research Association. In 2015 he received the Paper Award from the Section on Communication and Information Technologies of the American Sociological Association. In 2012 he received the International Communication Association's Outstanding Article Award.