ischool_logo_homeWe are professors and researchers from UMD’s iSchool department 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.

Faculty

jessica_vitakJessica Vitak (PhD, Michigan State University) is an assistant 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 subramaniamMega 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 headshotMarshini Chetty (PhD, Georgia Tech) is an assistant professor in the CS department at Princeton University. 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 ShiltonKatie 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 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s iSchool. 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.

Current Students

priya-squarePriya Kumar is a PhD student 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.

yuting-liaoYuting Liao is a PhD student 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.

Katie Kritikos is 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.

 

Former Students

zahra Zahra Ashktorab is a recent graduate from UMD’s iSchool (now working at IBM) and 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 is 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.