Elisabetta Ferrari is interested in the relationship between social movements, protest, and digital technologies. Her research explores how the ways in which people use and think about digital technologies play a role in their struggles for social justice. Her dissertation studies how contemporary activist groups in Italy, Hungary and the United States, construct and deploy discourses about technology in relation to social change.
In Fall 2017, Ferrari was a visiting Doctoral Candidate at OssCom, a research center based at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, in Milan, Italy. Prior to Annenberg, she was part of the international project Ranking Digital Rights, which focuses on the role of ICT companies in protecting and promoting the right to privacy and freedom of expression online; within the project, she conducted research on telecommunications companies and digital media platforms in different European countries.
Ferrari has a background in student activism and political campaigning in Italy. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Bologna (Italy) and an M.A. in Political Science, with a specialization in Political Communication, from Central European University (Budapest, Hungary). Before joining the doctoral program at the Annenberg School, she worked as a researcher and assistant at the Center for Media, Data and Society at Central European University (Budapest, Hungary).