Dr Grant Blank

Senior Research Fellow

Grant Blank is Survey Research Fellow in the Oxford Internet Institute and a Senior Research Fellow of Harris Manchester College. In 2015 he received the William F. Ogburn Career Achievement award from the Communication, Information Technologies and Media Sociology section of the American Sociological Association. 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 communications, information technology and media sociology. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a Ph.D. in Sociology and taught at American University in Washington DC before coming to Oxford.


Dr Blank teaches the Statistics Core and Advanced Statistics courses for MSc and DPhil students at the Oxford Internet Institute.

Research interests

His main research interests include the social and cultural impact of the Internet, the digital divide, statistical and qualitative methods and cultural sociology. He has written and edited several books as well as having published over 20 peer reviewed papers.

Key publications

Handbook of Online Research Methods. 2017. 2nd edition. Thousand Oaks CA: Sage Publications. (co-edited with Nigel Fielding and Raymond M. Lee)

Critics, Ratings, and Society: The Sociology of Reviews. 2007. Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

“Online research methods and social theory” 2017. pp. 628-641 in Nigel Fielding, Raymond M. Lee & Grant Blank (eds). Handbook of Online Research Methods. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks CA: Sage Publications.

“The digital divide among Twitter users and its implications for social research” 2017. Social Science Computer Review. DOI: 10.1177/0894439316671698.

“Cultural stratification of the Internet: Five clusters of values and beliefs among users in Britain” 2015. Emerald Studies in Media and Communication. 10: 3-28. DOI: 10.1108/S2050-206020150000010001. (co-authored with William H. Dutton)

“The dimensions of Internet use: Amount, variety and types” 2014. Information, Communication & Society. 17:417-435. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2014.889189 . (co-authored with Darja Groselj)

“Who creates content? Stratification and content production on the Internet” 2013. Information, Communication & Society. 16: 590-612. DOI:10.1080/1369118X.2013.777758.

“Social media in the changing ecology of news” 2012. International Journal of Internet Science. 7(1): 6-22. (co-authored with Nic Newman and William H. Dutton)

“ ‘Country Roads’ to Globalization: Sociological Models for Understanding American Popular Music in China” 2009. Journal of Popular Culture. 42:126-146. DOI:10.1111/j.1540-5931.2009.00574.x. (co-authored with Heidi Netz Rupke)

“Teaching Qualitative Data Analysis to Graduate Students” 2004. Social Science Computer Review. 22: 187-196. DOI:10.1177/0894439303262559.