People


Core Team

Emily Tavoulareas

Managing Chair

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Geronimo Potin

Program Coordinator

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Hasini Shyamsundar

Fritz Family Fellowship Coordinator

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Kevin Ackermann

Research Assistant

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Mari Kastet

Engagement Coordinator

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Paul Ohm

Inaugural Chair

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Steering Committee

Arun Gupta

Adjunct Entrepreneurship Professor/Senior Advisor to Provost

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Laura DeNardis

Professor, Communication, Culture, and Technology and Research Professor, Center for Digital Ethics

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Michael Bailey

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

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Meg Leta Jones

Associate Professor, Communication, Culture, & Technology

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Robert Groves

University Provost

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Maggie Little

Director, Ethics Lab

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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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Dewey Murdick

Director, Center for Security and Emerging Technology

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Paul Ohm

Faculty Director, Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology

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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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Laura DeNardis

Professor, Communication, Culture, and Technology and Research Professor, Center for Digital Ethics

Laura DeNardis, Ph.D., is the inaugural endowed Chair in Technology, Ethics, and Society in Georgetown’s College of Arts and Sciences. She holds appointments as Professor in the department of Communication, Culture and Technology and Research Professor in the Center for Digital Ethics. A scholar of Internet governance, her book The Internet in Everything: Freedom and Security in a World with No Off Switch (Yale University Press) was recognized as a Financial Times Top Technology Book of 2020. Among her seven books, The Global War for Internet Governance (Yale University Press), is widely considered the definitive source for understanding power struggles over technical infrastructure.

DeNardis joined Georgetown from American University, where she received the university’s highest faculty honor, Scholar-Teacher of the Year. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Yale Information Society Project and the appointed Director of Research for the Global Commission on Internet Governance. She also served as an appointed member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy and is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Professor DeNardis holds an AB in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College, an MEng from Cornell University, a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech, and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from Yale Law School.

Arun Gupta

Adjunct Entrepreneurship Professor/Senior Advisor to Provost

Arun is currently an Adjunct Entrepreneurship Professor/Senior Advisor to Provost at Georgetown University, Lecturer at Stanford University, and a Venture Partner at Columbia Capital. Arun is active in the emerging technology, entrepreneurship, public policy, and international finance communities and currently serves as an Independent Director on the Board of LMI – a leading national security not-for-profit dedicated to building a future-ready, high- performing government by enabling digital transformation, enhancing operational readiness, and ensuring mission success for federal civilian and defense agencies.

At Georgetown University, Arun is a Senior Advisor to the Provost, serves on the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, and teaches Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital at McDonough School of Business and was awarded the Entrepreneurial Faculty Teaching Excellence Award and the Peter W. Gonzalez Jr. Award for Excellence in Faculty Teaching. Arun is actively engaged with initiatives related to Tech & Society, AI/Cybersecurity at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), and the Pivot Program – teaching business skills to returning citizens.

At Stanford University, Arun serves on the Stanford in Washington (SIW) Advisory Board and is a Faculty Lecturer teaching " Valley Meets Mission: Purposeful Entrepreneurship with Government" at Stanford in Washington. The class highlights his professional and academic experience building successful mission-oriented entrepreneurial opportunities at the intersection of the government, mission, technology, and entrepreneurship. Arun is passionate about inspiring students to pursue mission-oriented entrepreneurial careers. In addition, Arun participates on a working group, led by Francis Fukuyama, researching recommendations to dampen velocity of “Disinformation” on big-tech platforms.

As a Partner at Columbia Capital, Arun’s investment career spanned eighteen years and he initiated the firm’s Cybersecurity investments with a focus on emerging tech-enabled services and infrastructure companies in National Security, AI, and SaaS/Cloud infrastructure sectors. Arun’s recent investments in the Cybersecurity and National Security sectors include: Endgame (acquired by Elastic), Altamira (acquired by Clearsky), 1901 Group (acquired by Leidos), and BlackLynx (acquired by Jacobs Engineering). Prior to joining Columbia Capital in 2000, Arun was at Carlyle Venture Partners focused on software investments. Prior to Carlyle, Arun held positions in Arthur D. Little’s telecom and technology consulting practice and shared responsibility for establishing ADL’s management consulting operations in Mumbai 1995-98.

Arun received a B.S. degree with Distinction in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. degree in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University (’91). He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (’95).

Arun has lived in the Washington DC metropolitan area for over 40 years and has been actively involved in local community organizations focusing on coaching youth sports, inner city educational programs, and food insecurity programs for vulnerable communities. Arun has been happily married for 25 years to Dr. Anjali Gupta and has 3 children – Akshay (20), Akash (19), & Anaya(12).

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.

Meg Leta Jones

Associate Professor, Communication, Culture, & Technology

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.

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.

Dewey Murdick

Director, Center for Security and Emerging Technology

Dewey Murdick is the Director of Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET). Prior to joining CSET as its founding Director of Data Science, he was the Director of Science Analytics at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, where he led metric development, data science, and machine-learning and statistical research for Meta and science-related initiatives. Dewey served as Chief Analytics Officer and Deputy Chief Scientist within the Department of Homeland Security. At IARPA, he led program managers and programs in high-risk, high-payoff research in support of national security missions.

Dewey has also held positions in intelligence analysis, research, software development, and contract teaching. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Physics from Andrews University. He is the recipient of the DHS Under Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Collaboration, ODNI’s Exceptional Achievement Award, the Distinguished Analysis Award for Excellence in Intelligence Community Collaboration and Analytic Insight, and the National Ground Intelligence Center Commander’s Civilian of the Year Award.

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.

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.

Mari Kastet

Engagement Coordinator

Mari currently serves as the Engagement Coordinator at Georgetown’s Tech and Society Initiative.

She is additionally pursuing her final year of her Master’s degree in the Communication, Culture & Technology Program at Georgetown University. Mari has a BA from Pace University in New York where she majored in Communications and minored in Political Science and Peace & Justice studies. Before moving to DC, she worked as a tech consultant for CGI in Norway.

Outside of work, she enjoys reading at coffee shops and trying out different workout studios. OrangeTheory is currently her favorite!

Geronimo Potin

Program Coordinator

Geronimo currently serves as a Program Coordinator at Tech & Society (T&S). He provides strategic support to the different T&S projects and programs.

Geronimo is a second-year Master in Public Policy student at Georgetown University. Before graduate school, he worked in the public sector implementing large-scale state-run programs that provided funding and advisory for small and medium business owners in Chile.

Hasini Shyamsundar

Fritz Family Fellowship Coordinator

Hasini Shyamsundar currently serves as the Fritz Family Fellows Coordinator at the Tech & Society Initiative. They graduated magna cum laude from the Walsh School of Foreign Service in May 2022 with a major in Regional and Comparative Studies and a focus on postcolonial art and religion in Latin America and South Asia. Outside Tech & Society, you can find Hasini playing board games and buying books they promise to read eventually.

Kevin Ackermann

Research Assistant

Kevin Ackermann is a sociotechnical researcher who studies community on alternative computer networks and the politics of quantification. After graduating with an MA from Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture and Technology program, Kevin worked as a research assistant at Data & Society, conducting archival research on the United States Census.

At Georgetown’s Tech and Society Initiative, Kevin assists Tech and Society fellow danah boyd with research. Additionally, Kevin provides project and research assistance to the core Tech and Society team.

Emily Tavoulareas

Managing Chair

At the moment, Emily wears several hats. Her primary and full-time hat is as Managing Chair of the Georgetown Initiative on Tech & Society. Emily also teach at the McCourt School for Public Policy, and the Capitol Applied Learning Labs. Finally, Emily is a Research Fellow at the Siegel Family Foundation, where she is doing a comparative study on different approaches to teaching about digital technology in schools of public policy and law. Emily is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Harvard Belfer Center Technology and Public Purpose Project.

Paul Ohm

Inaugural Chair

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.