Elizabeth Hansen

  • Harvard Kennedy School

Elizabeth Hansen is a research fellow at the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Her academic work focuses on the organizational and leadership dynamics of managing innovation in mission-driven organizations. At the Shorenstein Center, Hansen leads the local news sustainability research. From 2018 – 2019, she directed the Single Subject News study, funded by the Knight Foundation, which examined the potential for revenue sustainability in a set of topically-focused, nonprofit digital newsrooms. She has published research on combining audience revenue and engagement strategies in newsrooms; on the relationship between news publishers and social platforms; and on the opportunities and challenges of funding local news. From 2016 – 2018, she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. She has a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard Business School.