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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.


August 2018
A new article Values and Ethics in Human-Computer Interaction has been published in Foundations and Trends in HCI. Complimentary downloads of the article are available until August 31.
March 2018
I'm very pleased to be joining the editorial board of the STS journal Science, Technology & Human Values.
January 2018
I'm looking forward to delivering the keynote for the upcoming 2018 Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science.
September 2017
With an amazing team of researchers from six institutions, we've received a large grant from the National Science Foundation to study data ethics for computational research.
August 2017
A paper exploring how university Institutional Review Boards are dealing with new challenges in data science research, "Ethics Regulation in Social Computing Research: Examining the Role of Institutional Review Boards" has been published in the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics.