About me

Dr Corinna di Gennaro (DPhil, Oxon)

I am a professional in the printing industry. From 2009 I have been Managing Director, Account Manager and Partner of my own printing business Lithotris srl , an offset flat printing firm based in Milan, Italy.

I am also a sociologist working on civic and political engagement and new media.  From 2007 to 2009 I was a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where I worked on the Digital Natives project and the Internet and Democracy project. From 2007 to 2011 I was also a a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) at the University of Oxford.

Prior to joining Berkman, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2006-2007) at the Annenberg Center for Communication at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where I worked on the social implications of Internet adoption and use for civic and political engagement.

In 2004-2006 I was Survey Research Officer at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) at the University of Oxford. At the OII, I worked on the design and analysis of the 2005 Oxford Internet Survey (OxIS) and the World Internet Project (WIP), exploring the social implications of Internet adoption and use in everyday life, focusing in particular on online political engagement and online sociability.

Education

I hold a D.Phil in Sociology (2004) from the University of Oxford, Lincoln College, with a dissertation entitled: ‘Social Capital and Political Participation in Britain‘. During my doctoral studies I was awarded with an ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Research Studentship and an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Studentship for the study of the ‘Theory and Politics of Civil Society’.

I also hold an M.Phil in Sociology (2000) from the University of Oxford and a B.Sc in Sociology (1995-1998) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) at the University of London.

Research Interests:

Internet and society, social capital, political participation, civic engagement, civil society, new media, online sociability, survey research methods, online surveys.