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Elihu Katz (Hebrew: ?"?) (born in 1926 in New York City) is an American and Israeli sociologist and communication scientist, usually associated with uses and gratifications theory. He is known for his work with Paul Lazarsfeld in the field of mass communication, most notably for developing the theory of the two-step flow of communication. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania.
In 2005, he received the Marshall Sklare Award, given annually by the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry to a senior scholar who has made a significant scholarly contribution to the social scientific study of Jewry.
In 2013, he received an honorary degree from Northwestern University.
In 2018, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.
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