Kristen Purcell is the associate director for research at Pew Research Center’s Internet Project. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University, where she specialized in mass media and cognition.

PublicationsMay 1, 2013

Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading

Parents of minor children have a special relationship with libraries. Most believe libraries are very important for their children and provide extra resources that are not available at home. Parents are also more likely than other adults to use libraries for services ranging from book borrowing to accessing the internet to attending classes and events—and mothers are considerably more engaged with libraries than fathers.

Multi-section ReportsFebruary 28, 2013

How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms

A survey of teachers shows that digital tools are widely used in their classrooms and professional lives. Yet, many of these middle and high school teachers are hampered by disparities in student access to digital technologies.

PresentationsFebruary 22, 2013

Arts Organizations and Digital Technologies

Associate Director for Research Kristen Purcell will join social media practitioners from local museums and arts organizations for a lively discussion about the value of social media to our institutions.

Multi-section ReportsJanuary 4, 2013

Arts Organizations and Digital Technologies

Cultural organizations like theater companies, orchestras, and art museums are using the internet, social media, and mobile apps to draw in and engage audiences, provide deeper context, and disseminate their work beyond the stage and the gallery

Multi-section ReportsNovember 1, 2012

How Teens Do Research in the Digital World

A survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers finds that teens’ research habits are changing in the digital age

Multi-section ReportsSeptember 26, 2012

How people get local news and information in different communities

Depending on the topic, urban residents are more likely to use mobile and online sources; suburbanites are most heavily into social media; and rural residents are more inclined to word of mouth sources

Multi-section ReportsSeptember 13, 2012

Photos and Videos as Social Currency Online

46% of internet users post original photos & videos online; 41% curate photos & videos they find elsewhere on the web and post on image-sharing sites. Women are more likely than men to use Pinterest; Instagram & Tumblr attract equal shares of both.

PresentationsJuly 11, 2012

Teens 2012: Truth, Trends, and Myths About Teen Online Behavior

How teens use the internet, mobile phones, social media and social networking sites,as well as teen communication preferences and online information consumption.

PresentationsJune 7, 2012

Libraries 2020: Imagining the library of the (not too distant) future

Associate Director Kristen Purcell shares Pew Internet’s latest data on mobile, social networking, and e-reading in her keynote address for the 2012 State University of New York Librarians Association Annual Conference in New York City.

PresentationsMay 18, 2012

Books or Nooks? How Americans’ reading habits are shifting in a digital world

Kristen Purcell spoke about Americans’ use of the internet and other digital technologies, and shared highlights from our report on the rise of e-reading.