Before moving to Michigan, Sandvig was a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Oxford University. Sandvig has also been a visiting scholar at McGill University, the Oxford Internet Institute, the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at Oxford, Intel Research, Microsoft Research, the Sloan School of Management at MIT, and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard.
Sandvig was named a "next-generation leader in science and technology policy" by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the Faculty Early Career Development Award from the US National Science Foundation (NSF CAREER) in Human-Centered Computing.
He has published over 50 scholarly journal articles, book chapters, and papers in conference proceedings, receiving "best paper," "first prize" and other awards from these venues (including ACM CHI, ICA, AEJMC, ICWSM, SCMS, and TPRC). His work has been translated into French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and Hungarian.
The US National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council of New York, the MacArthur Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council of the United Kingdom, and the Internet Society have funded Sandvig's research.
Sandvig is also a computer programmer with industry experience from a Fortune 500 company, a regional government, and a San Francisco Bay Area software start-up.
Quotations, interviews, and articles about Sandvig's research have appeared in stories in/on The Economist, The New York Times, Le Monde, NPR, the BBC, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and other media outlets. Sandvig's own writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Guardian, and Wired.
Sandvig received the Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford University in 2002.
Sometimes Sandvig writes about himself in the third person.