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Associate Professor
University of Maryland
College of Information Studies


4121H Hornbake Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

About Me

My research focuses on ethics and policy for the design of information technologies, systems, and collections.

I lead the Ethics & Values in Design (EViD) Lab at the UMD iSchool. I'm also active in the CASCI, IPAC and DCIC research centers. My work has been supported by a Google Faculty Award and several awards from the U.S. National Science Foundation, including an NSF CAREER award.

I received a B.A. from Oberlin College, a Master of Library and Information Science from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Information Studies from UCLA.

I teach courses in information policy, information and technology ethics, and digital curation.

Current Projects

Please visit the Ethics & Values in Design (EViD) Lab site for detailed project information.
  • Search Among Secrets
    Creating search engines for large document sets (like personal email) that respect context-specific privacy norms. With Doug Oard and Jimmy Lin.
  • Ethical Cultures in Computer Security Research
    Analyzing the scholarly discourse and private reflections of computer security researchers to reveal insights about how people, changes in technology, and changes in research practices shaped ethical cultures in security research. With Megan Finn, Jevin West, and Franziska Roesner.
  • Ethical Computing in Mobile & Wearable App Development
    Studying academic and commercial software research and development (R&D) to discover factors that encourage discussion and action on ethical challenges. With Susan Winter, Adam Porter, and the UMD ICONS Project.
  • Empirical Approaches to Online Research Ethics
    Studying changing practices and emerging ethical norms among big data researchers, data subjects, and ethics review boards. With Jessica Vitak, Nicholas Proferes, and Zahra Ashktorab.
  • Values in a Future Internet Architecture
    Collaborating with the Named Data Networking (NDN) Project to understand NDN's impacts on social issues such as privacy, intellectual property, law enforcement, governance, and policy. I'm also pleased to be involved with the NSF-funded Values in Design Council for the Future Internet Architecture program.
  • Privacy in Citizen Science
    Discovering factors that lead to, or alleviate, privacy concerns for citizen science volunteers. With Anne Bowser and Jennifer Preece.
  • Understanding Design and Adoption of Personal Biometric Devices
    Exploring the social values and impacts of personal biometric technologies with the Public Health, Nanotechnology and Mobility (PHeNoM) project.


March 2017
I'm excited to share a new paper authored with Daniel Greene, "Linking platforms, practices, and developer ethics: Levers for privacy discourse in mobile application development". It was recently published in the Journal of Business Ethics.
September 2016
A new paper with collaborators Anne Bowser, Elizabeth Warrick, and Jennifer Preece, "Accounting for Privacy in Citizen Science: Ethical Research in a Context of Openness," has been accepted for CSCW 2017.
August 2016
With multi-campus collaborators, we've been awarded two new grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation:
April 2016
I am happy to announce publication of two new papers:
March 2016
I'm happy to share that I have been promoted to associate professor with tenure at the University of Maryland.
February 2016
A new paper, "Blended, not Bossy: Ethics Roles, Responsibilities, and Expertise in Design," has been accepted for a special issue of Interacting With Computers.
January 2016
Two papers I worked on for HICSS 2016 were nominated for best paper awards!
December 2015
I was pleased to give a talk at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy.
October 2015
I am giving three talks this month: