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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.
  • PERVADE: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research
    Studying changing practices and emerging ethical norms among big data researchers, data subjects, and regulators to provide guidance for ethical use of pervasive data. With a six-institution team of researchers. More information about the project can be found on the PERVADE website.
  • 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.


June 2020
With a team including colleagues Adam Porter and Susan Winter, we've the paper "Role-Playing Computer Ethics: Designing and Evaluating the Privacy by Design Simulation", accepted to the journal Science & Engineering Ethics. A preprint is available here.
May 2020
The EVID Lab is pleased to share Privacy by Design: The Game. This freely downloadable game is designed to help small teams experience the challenges and hard tradeoffs of building privacy into new technologies.
April 2020
With a team led by collaborator Doug Oard, we've had a short paper, "A test collection for relevance and sensitivity", accepted to SIGIR 2020. A preprint is available here.
March 2020
A short opinion piece led by collaborator David Mohr, Digital phenotyping, behavioral sensing, or personal sensing: names and transparency in the digital age has been published in npj Digital Medicine.
March 2020
With a team led by collaborator Jimmy Lin, our paper "We could, but should we? Ethical considerations for providing access to GeoCities and other historical digital collections", was published in the proceedings of CHIIR 2020.
August 2019
I'm looking forward to giving a keynote address at the 2019 Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research Conference in November.