Helen Nissenbaum

Helen Nissenbaum

Scholar Title: Professor of Information Science

Department: Cornell Tech

Colleges / Universities: Cornell University


2 West Loop Road
New York, NY 10044

Email: helen.nissenbaum@cornell.edu

Helen Nissenbaum is Professor of Information Science at Cornell Tech. Her research takes an ethical perspective on policy, law, science, and engineering relating to information technology, computing, digital media, and data science. Topics have included privacy, trust, accountability, security, and values in technology design.

Professor Nissenbaum’s books include Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest, with Finn Brunton (MIT Press, 2015) and Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (Stanford, 2010).

Grants from the NSF, AFOSR, and the U.S. DHHS-ONC have supported her work. Recipient of the 2014 Barwise Prize of the American Philosophical Association, Professor Nissenbaum has contributed to privacy-enhancing software, including TrackMeNot and AdNauseam.


Ph.D. Philosophy, Stanford University, 1983

M.A. Social Sciences in Education, Stanford University, 1978

B.A. Philosophy, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 1976

B.A. Mathematics and Philosophy, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 1975