Calvin C. Newport is an American nonfiction author and full professor of computer science at Georgetown University.[1]

Cal Newport
Calvin C. Newport
EducationDartmouth College (BA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS, PhD)
EmployerGeorgetown University

Background and education


Newport completed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College in 2004 and received a Ph.D. in computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009 under Nancy Lynch.[2][3] He was a post-doctoral associate in the MIT computer science department from 2009-2011. His grandfather, John Newport, was a Baptist minister and theologian.[4]



Newport joined Georgetown University as an assistant professor of computer science in 2011, was granted tenure in 2017, and was promoted to full professorship in 2024. His work focuses on distributed algorithms in challenging networking scenarios and incorporates the study of communications systems in nature.[5] Newport is currently Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science[6] at Georgetown University and the author of eight books.[7]

Attention management


Newport started Study Hacks blog in 2007 where he writes about "how to perform productive, valuable and meaningful work in an increasingly distracted digital age".[8]

Newport used the existing[9][10][11]term "deep work" in his book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (2016), which refers to studying for focused chunks of time without distractions such as email and social media.[12] He challenges the belief that participation in social media is important for career capital.[13]

In 2017, he began advocating for "digital minimalism."[14]

In 2021, he began referring to the role email and chat[15] play in what he calls "the hyperactive hive mind".[16]


  • How to Win at College (Crown, 2005) ISBN 978-0767917872
  • How to Become a Straight-A Student (Crown, 2006) ISBN 978-0767922715
  • How to Be a High-School Superstar (Crown, 2010) ISBN 978-0767932585
  • So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion In The Quest For Work You Love (Grand Central Publishing, 2012) ISBN 978-1455509126
  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (Grand Central Publishing, 2016) ISBN 978-1455586691
  • Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World (Portfolio, 2019) ISBN 978-0525536512
  • The Time-Block Planner (2020)
  • A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload (Portfolio, 2021) ISBN 978-0525536550
  • Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout (Portfolio, 2024) ISBN 978-0593544853


  1. ^ "Penguin Random House: Cal Newport". Penguin Random House. 2023. Retrieved July 15, 2023.
  2. ^ Newport, Calvin (2009). Distributed Computation on Unreliable Radio Channels (PDF) (PhD dissertation). Massachusetts Institute of Technology (published August 7, 2009). hdl:1721.1/55120. Retrieved November 23, 2022.
  3. ^ Newport, Calvin. Curriculum Vitae.
  4. ^ "The Newport Foundation | Who Was John Newport?". Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  5. ^ "Calvin Newport -- Georgetown University".
  6. ^ "The dual careers of Cal Newport | MIT EECS". Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  7. ^ "Cal Newport - Author of Deep Work, Study Hacks Blog". Retrieved March 12, 2021.
  8. ^ "Study Hacks - Decoding Patterns of Success - Cal Newport". Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  9. ^ Ecker, Bruce. "Overt statements for deep work in grief therapy." Techniques of Grief Therapy. Routledge, 2012. 152-154.
  10. ^ Douglas, Scott M. "Developing leaders for pastoral ministry." Journal of Applied Christian Leadership 8.2 (2014): 84-90.
  11. ^ Schapira, Pierre. "Mikio Sato, a visionary of mathematics." NOTICES OF THE AMS 54.2 (2007).
  12. ^ Evans, Lisa (January 21, 2016). "Finding Your Focus Through 'Deep Work'". Entrepreneur. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  13. ^ Newport, Cal (November 19, 2016). "Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend on It". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  14. ^ "Facebook Phreaks and the Fight to Reclaim Time and Attention - Study Hacks - Cal Newport". February 13, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  15. ^ Newport, Cal (February 26, 2021). "E-mail Is Making Us Miserable". The New Yorker. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  16. ^ Newport, Cal (March 4, 2021). "Had it with email? Give personal office hours a try". Fast Company. Retrieved May 19, 2021.