Grant Blank is a Departmental Lecturer at the OII.
He was a Survey Research Fellow until August 2020. He received the William F. Ogburn Career Achievement award from the Communication, Information Technology and Media Sociology section of the American Sociological Association in 2015. This award recognizes a sustained body of research that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the area of sociology of communication, information technology and media sociology.
He was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Oxford in 2015.
He has been awarded a Visiting Fellowship to the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS), at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany for two months working on a cross-national study of echo chambers in 6 European countries and the United States. The study is unusual in that it looks at possible echo chambers in the context of the entire media environment, including online media, social media, and offline broadcast and print media. The question is, in this kind of high-choice media environment do people limit their political media consumption in such a way that they could find themselves in an echo chamber?
He is a sociologist who studies the social and cultural impact of the Internet and new media. He is also interested in cultural sociology, especially reviews and cultural evaluation.
Grant began his career as an independent consultant based in Chicago Illinois specializing in research design, statistical analysis, and database design. He previously taught at American University in Washington DC. He completed his PhD in sociology at the University of Chicago in 1999, and joined OII in 2010.
Areas of Interest for Doctoral Supervision
Digital divides, inequality, political participation, trust, privacy, social networks, social media, journalism, mobile use, security
Social and cultural impact of the Internet and other new media, quantitative and qualitative analysis, methodology, cultural sociology, sociology of science and technology, artificial intelligence