We are professors and researchers from UMD’s iSchool and beyond who are interested in the various ways that privacy is enacted through new communication technologies, the concerns individuals express over maintaining privacy of their personal information, and tools that might assist users in achieving and maintaining a desired level of privacy.
Jessica Vitak (PhD, Michigan State University) is an associate professor in UMD’s iSchool and affiliate professor in the Communication Department. Her research interests focus on how people are using new communication technologies to enhance their relationships, as well as how they manage the tensions between privacy and disclosure when interacting with others in these spaces. For more information, see her website or email her directly.
Mega Subramaniam (PhD, Florida State University) is an associate professor in UMD’s iSchool. Her research interests focus on the use of school libraries as effective hybrid spaces to encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) interest among underserved, underrepresented and disadvantaged young adults. For more information, see her website or email her directly.
Marshini Chetty (PhD, Georgia Tech) is an assistant professor in the Computer Science department at the University of Chicago Her research evaluates how people manage different aspects of Internet use from Internet constraints such as data caps to Internet security and creating tools to help inform and empower Internet users, particularly in resource constrained settings. For more information, see her website or email her directly.
Katie Shilton (PhD, UCLA) is an associate professor in UMD’s iSchool. Her research focuses on ethics and policy for the design of information technologies, systems, and collections. Katie has received funding for several projects from the NSF, including a CAREER grant to study privacy and security by design in mobile development. For more information, see her website or email her directly.
Michael Zimmer (PhD, NYU) is an associate professor at the Marquette University’s computer science department. Michael’s research focuses on the intersection of privacy and ethics and he currently has funding with Vitak on a NSF grant on mobile privacy and Vitak and Shilton on a NSF grant on data ethics. For more information, see his website or email him directly.
Tamara Clegg (PhD, Georgia Tech) is an associate professor in UMD’s iSchool and School of Education. Tammy’s research seeks to understand how we can help people come to see themselves in new ways by helping them form new relationships with information. Tammy works with Marshini and Jessica on a NSF grant developing privacy and security curriculum for elementary school children For more information, see her website or email her directly.
Sunyup Park joined the iSchool in fall 2020 as a PhD student in the iSchool and is advised by Jessica Vitak. Her research interest lies in privacy, the Internet of Things, and Human-Computer Interaction. She received her M.F.A. in Communication Design at Yonsei University in 2020 and her B.A. in Economics at Yonsei University in 2016.
Priya Kumar is a PhD candidate in the iSchool at UMD and is advised by Jessica Vitak. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Michigan School of Information in 2014. Priya’s research focuses on how parents and children negotiate technology and privacy. For more information, see her website or email her directly.
Sydney Triola is a PhD student in the iSchool and is advised by Dan Greene. She earned her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland in 2020. Her research interests lie in the intersection of Criminal Justice Reform and Information Science. For more information, please email her directly.
Nisa Asgarali-Hoffman is a PhD student in the iSchool and is advised by Mega Subramaniam. She earned a MS in Human-Centered Computing from UMBC in 2020. Nisa is a research assistant on our IMLS-funded project on developing privacy and security training and resources for libraries and patrons in low-income communities.
Yuting Liao is a PhD candidate in the iSchool at UMD and is advised by Jessica Vitak. She received her Master’s degree from Georgetown’s Communication, Culture and Technology program in 2015. Her research is interested in the intersection of health, aging, and technology.
Shandra Morehouse is a PhD student in the iSchool. She received her Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2018. Her research interests are in archives and information behavior in fanfiction communities.
Zahra Ashktorab graduated with a PhD from UMD’s iSchool and now works for IBM. She was advised by Jessica Vitak. Her research focuses on cyberbullying detection and mitigation through the study of social media and social networks. For more information, see her website or email her directly.
Andrea Castillo was a MLIS grad student in UMD’s iSchool who worked on the IMLS grant during spring 2017 to help with data collection and Spanish translations during the library patron family interviews.
Katie Kritikos was a PhD student in the iSchool at UW-Milwaukee and is advised by Michael Zimmer. She has a JD and an MLIS from the University of Illinois. Katie’s research looks at issues of intellectual freedom, privacy, and open access. She joined the team as a researcher on the mobile privacy NSF grant.