Hernán Galperin (Ph.D., Stanford University) is Research Associate Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, where he is affiliated with the Annenberg Research Network on International Communication. Previously, he served as Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Technology and Society at the Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina). He is also a Research Fellow at CONICET, the national science council of Argentina, Steering Committee member for DIRSI, a regional ICT policy research consortium based at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP) in Lima, Peru, and Research Fellow at Telecom CIDE in Mexico City, Mexico.
An expert on telecommunications policy and the impact of ICTs on development, Dr. Galperin currently leads several research projects that examine how Internet adoption affects socioeconomic opportunities in Latin America. His publications include a book (co-authored with Manuel Castells and Mireia Fernandez-Ardevol), two edited books for the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and an edited volume for the International Development Research Center (IDRC-Canada) that summarizes the findings of multiple studies on the poverty-reduction impact of new ICTs. His most recent book is Information technologies for development: Opening the Internet black box (co-authored with Judith Mariscal). He has also published extensively in major journals such as Telecommunications Policy, Development Policy Review, Telematics and Informatics, The Information Society, and Information Technologies and International Development (ITID).
His current research focuses on three main topics: understanding the determinants of Internet adoption (and non-adoption) using datasets from large-scale household surveys; examining the policy challenges and poverty-reduction impact of financial inclusion programs based on mobile banking platforms; understanding gender and country discrimination in online platforms for contract labor. In addition, he is currently working on a book manuscript that examines changes in telecom and media policy in Latin America in the aftermath of market reforms in the 1990s. These research projects are funded by a variety of institutions, including IDRC, CONICET, the Internet Society (ISOC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).