People


Steering Committee

Michael Bailey

Professor and Director of the Data Science for Public Policy Program, McCourt School of Public Policy

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Hillary Brill

Interim Executive Director, Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy

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Robert Groves

University Provost

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Maggie Little

Director, Ethics Lab

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Jason Matheny

Director, Center for Security and Emerging Technology

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Laura Moy

Associate Director of the Center on Privacy & Technology and Director of the Communications & Technology Law Clinic

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Paul Ohm

Faculty Director, Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology

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Sonal Shah

Advisory Board Member, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation

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Lisa Singh

Professor, Computer Science Department & Massive Data Institute

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William Treanor

Executive Vice President & Dean of the Law Center

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Nitin Vaidya

Chair, Department of Computer Science

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Cori Zarek

Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation

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Associated Faculty

Dan Byman

Professor and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, School of Foreign Service

Julie Cohen

Mark Claster Mamolen Professor of Law and Technology

Ophir Frieder

McDevitt Professor in Computer Science and Information Processing

Annie Green

Adjunct Lecturer, Certificate in Artificial Intelligence Management

Billy Jack

Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Economics

Edward Healton

Executive Vice President for Health Science and Executive Dean, School of Medicine

Joel Hellman

Dean, School of Foreign Service

Harry Holzer

John LaFarge, Jr. S.J. Chair and Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy

Mark MacCarthy

Faculty, Communication, Culture & Technology Program

Robert Mahini

Adjunct Lecturer, McCourt School of Public Policy

Cara LaPointe

Adjunct Professor, Science, Technology and International Affairs

Kevin Maloy

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine

Mark Maloof

Professor, Department of Computer Science

Judd Nicholson

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Tanina Rostain

Professor of Law

Michael Samway

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Master of Science in Foreign Service

Katie Wells

Postdoctoral Fellow, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor

David Vladeck

Faculty Director, Law Center on Privacy and Technology

Edward Walters

Adjunct Professor, Law Center

Paul Almeida

Dean, McDonough School of Business

Randall Amster

Program Director and Teaching Professor

Alvaro Bedoya

Founding Director, Center for Privacy & Technology

Maria Cancian

Dean, McCourt School of Public Policy

Elizabeth Edenberg

Senior Ethicist and Assistant Research Professor, Ethics Lab

James Giordano

Professor, Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry; Chief, Neuroethics Studies Program, Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics

Jonathan Healey

Assistant Professor of Practice and Assistant Director, Ethics Lab

Leslie Harris

Faculty Member, Communications, Culture & Technology Program

Meg Jones

Associate Professor, Communications, Culture & Technology Graduate Program

Kobbi Nissim

McDevitt Chair in Computer Science

Subha Madhavan

Chief Data Scientist, Georgetown University Medical Center

Rajesh Veeraraghavan

Assistant Professor, School of Foreign Service

Nate Wong

Managing Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation

Michael Bailey

Professor and Director of the Data Science for Public Policy Program, McCourt School of Public Policy

Michael A. Bailey is the Colonel William J. Walsh Professor of American Government in the Department of Government and McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. His research focuses on applying statistical techniques to answering questions at the intersection political science, policy, law and and economics. In his work on the Supreme Court, Bailey has studied the role of ideology and legal values on Supreme Court decision making, producing, among other publications, The Constrained Court: Law, Politics and the Decisions Justices Make with Forrest Maltzman.

In his work on public opinion polling, Bailey focuses on re-thinking the way we design surveys in order to provide us more information about how serious non-response bias may be. In his work on welfare policy, Bailey presented strong evidence that while poor single mothers decisions on where to live are influenced by state welfare policies, these decisions are even more strongly influenced by family ties.

Bailey is the author of two statistics books. The goal of these books is to get to interesting and useful statistical material as quickly as possible. To be useful, the books focus on endogeneity (“correlation is not causation”) and to be interesting, the books quickly start using real data sets to answer important questions. The books are quite similar. Real Stats focuses on political and policy examples. Real Econometrics focuses on economic and policy examples.

Hillary Brill

Interim Executive Director, Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy

Hillary Brill is the Interim Executive Director of the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy. Professor Brill is the founder of a legislative advocacy and strategic planning practice that helps public interest organizations navigate technology policy issues. Her recent work includes launching educational initiatives for policymakers, eliminating barriers to internet access, combating misinformation on the Internet, and other social justice issues. In addition to her policy work, Professor Brill has worked in a variety of leadership roles within the technology industry and civil society. She has worked with start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. Previously, she held leadership roles at eBay and PayPal, including serving as Head of eBay’s DC office and Senior Global Policy Counsel, where she focused on foundational technology issues including privacy, intermediary liability, intellectual property, financial services, cross-border trade, and cybersecurity issues. Professor Brill received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown.

Robert Groves

University Provost

Robert M. Groves is the Provost at Georgetown. Dr. Groves is a social statistician who studies the impact of social cognitive and behavioral influences on the quality of statistical information. His research has focused on the impact of mode of data collection on responses in sample surveys, the social and political influences on survey participation, the use of adaptive research designs to improve the cost and error properties of statistics, and public concerns about privacy affecting attitudes toward statistical agencies.

Prior to joining Georgetown as provost he was director of the US Census Bureau (presidential appointment with Senate confirmation), a position he assumed after being director of the University of Michigan Survey Research Center, professor of sociology, and research professor at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland. He is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association, elected member of the International Statistical Institute, elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences, and elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the US National Academies.

Maggie Little

Director, Ethics Lab

Dr. Little is Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, a Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown, and the founder and Director of Ethics Lab, a unique team that develops new methods to build ethical frameworks that better address real-world problems. A Rhodes Scholar and fellow of the Hastings Center, she has twice served as Visiting Scholar in residence at the National Institutes of Health Department of Bioethics, and was appointed to the Ethics Committee of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is co-founder of The Second Wave Initiative, which works to promote responsible research into the health needs of pregnant women.

In her previous role as Director of the Kennedy Institute, Dr. Little oversaw the launch of the world’s first Introduction to Bioethics MOOC, the inauguration of the annual Conversations in Bioethics, and the deployment of new experimental undergraduate courses utilizing project-based learning and design studio methods.

Jason Matheny

Director, Center for Security and Emerging Technology

Jason Matheny is founding director of Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology. Previously, he was Assistant Director of National Intelligence and Director of IARPA, responsible for the development of breakthrough technologies for the U.S. intelligence community. Before IARPA, he worked at Oxford University, the World Bank, the Applied Physics Laboratory, the Center for Biosecurity, and Princeton University, and was the co-founder of two biotechnology companies.

Dr. Matheny is a member of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and the National Academies’ Intelligence Community Studies Board, is a recipient of several awards including the Intelligence Community’s Award for Individual Achievement in Science and Technology and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and was named one of Foreign Policy’s “Top 50 Global Thinkers.” He has served on various White House committees related to artificial intelligence, biosecurity, high-performance computing, and quantum information science. Dr. Matheny holds a Ph.D. in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University, an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University, an M.B.A. from Duke University and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Laura Moy

Associate Director of the Center on Privacy & Technology and Director of the Communications & Technology Law Clinic

Laura Moy is the Director of Georgetown Law’s Communications & Technology Law Clinic and Associate Director of Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology and. Professor Moy has written, spoken, and advocated before agencies and Congress on consumer privacy, law enforcement surveillance, data security, device portability, copyright, and net neutrality. Her current research interests include how technology tools are used in the criminal legal system, and how consumer privacy protections may be leveraged to ensure private information is not used in ways that perpetuate and exacerbate discrimination and other societal ills.

Before Georgetown, Professor Moy worked on technology policy issues at New America and Public Knowledge. She completed her JD at NYU School of Law and her LLM at Georgetown as part of the law school’s clinical teaching fellowship program.

Paul Ohm

Faculty Director, Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology

Paul Ohm specializes in information privacy, computer crime law, intellectual property, and criminal procedure. He is a professor at Georgetown Law and serves as a faculty director for the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown. In his work, Professor Ohm tries to build new interdisciplinary bridges between law and computer science, focusing on how evolving technology disrupts individual privacy. From 2012 to 2013, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Federal Trade Commission, and is commonly cited and quoted by news organizations including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and NPR.

Ohm began his academic career on the faculty of the University of Colorado Law School. Before becoming a professor, he served as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, and clerked for judges in the United States Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law and Yale University. Professor Ohm blogs at Freedom to Tinker.

Sonal Shah

Advisory Board Member, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation

Sonal Shah is the Founding Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation. Prior to joining Georgetown, Sonal served as Deputy Assistant to the President for President Obama and founded the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. She has extensive experience in the public sector including as an international economist at the Department of Treasury, setting set up the central bank in Bosnia, working post conflict reconstruction in Kosovo, and implementing poverty reduction strategies in Africa and financial crises in Asia and Latin America.

Shah also has extensive private sector experience. At Google, she led technology initiative for civic voice and investing for impact as the head of Global Development Initiatives. At Goldman Sachs, she developed the environmental strategy and ran key initiatives in clean tech investments. One of her proudest accomplishments is working with her siblings to create a non-profit, Indicorps, which works to build a new generation of socially conscious global leaders. Dr. Shah serves on the boards of Oxfam America, the UBS Optimus Foundation, the Case Foundation Non Profit Finance Fund, Voto Latino, and The Century Foundation. She also serves as an adviser to the Democracy Fund.

Lisa Singh

Professor, Computer Science Department & Massive Data Institute

Dr. Lisa Singh is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and a Research Professor in the Massive Data Institute (MDI) at Georgetown University.  She has authored/co-authored over 70 peer reviewed publications and book chapters related to data-centric computing, i.e. data mining, data privacy, data visualization, and data science. Her interdisciplinary research has been supported by NSF, ONR, DARPA, and SSHRC. 

Dr. Singh’s current projects include learning from public, open source big data to advance social science research involving the understanding of human behavior and opinion, identifying and quantifying noise and poor-quality information on social media, developing methods and tools to better understand forced movement due to conflict, and studying privacy on the web.  Dr. Singh has also recently organized three NITRD and NSF sponsored workshops involving future directions of big data research and is currently involved in different organizations working on increasing participation of women in computing and integrating computational thinking into K-12 curricula. 

William Treanor

Executive Vice President & Dean of the Law Center

William Treanor is the Dean and Executive Vice President of Georgetown University Law Center. Under his leadership, Georgetown Law has grown its faculty; significantly expanded the number of experiential offerings for students; and more than doubled financial aid. He has been recognized as one of the 10 most-cited legal history scholars in the United States, and National Jurist magazine has named him one of the most influential people in legal education four times.

Dr. Treanor’s areas of expertise include constitutional law, property, criminal law, intellectual property and legal history. Before coming to Georgetown, Treanor was Dean and Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he began teaching in 1991. He also has served in a variety of positions in the government, including Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Treanor has a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, a B.A. from Yale College, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Nitin Vaidya

Chair, Department of Computer Science

Nitin Vaidya is the McDevitt Chair of Computer Science at Georgetown. He received Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Vaidya previously served as an Associate Head and Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has co-authored papers that received awards at several conferences. He is a fellow of the IEEE. Dr. Vaidya has served as the Chair of the Steering Committee for the ACM PODC conference, as the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and as the Editor-in-Chief for ACM SIGMOBILE publication MC2R.

Cori Zarek

Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation

Cori Zarek is the Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University and a champion for using tools such as data, technology, and design to drive toward better outcomes in our society. At the Beeck Center, Cori leads fellows, students, and staff who direct action-oriented research projects to reimagine how institutions can better serve all people.

Prior to joining the Beeck Center, Cori served as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States where she led work to build a more digital, open, and collaborative government including helping to stand up and support the U.S. Digital Service, 18F and the Presidential Innovation Fellows. Cori also led the U.S. government’s work with the global Open Government Partnership. She was a Mozilla Foundation fellow in technology policy and advised Code for America on its principles and practices work. In 2020, Cori co-founded U.S. Digital Response which matches pro-bono technologists to work with government and organizations responding to crisis. She currently leads that organization’s Advisory Council.

Previously, Cori was an attorney at the U.S. National Archives, and before that, at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press where she worked on free press, free expression, and freedom of information issues. She is the President of the Board of Directors for Muckrock, a nonprofit, collaborative news site in the U.S. that promotes transparency for an informed democracy, and also serves on the Advisory Council for the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law. Cori has taught courses in First Amendment law and on data and technology since 2007. At Georgetown, she teaches Data for Social Impact. She holds a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Iowa.