jessica_vitakI’m an assistant professor at the University of Maryland’s iSchool and an affiliate professor in UMD’s Communication Department. My research is currently divided into two primary research areas: (1) networked privacy and (2) the social impacts of ICTs. Within these broad categories, I my research is largely focused on the “human” part of human-computer interaction, as I am interested in understanding underlying motivations for user behaviors as well as how users interpret and engage with technologies when sharing data about themselves.

At Maryland, I am a affiliate faculty member of the HCI Lab (HCIL) and, as of fall 2016, am the Associate Director of the Lab. I am also the Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI) and am affiliated with the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2) on campus. Finally, I head the Privacy Education and Research Lab (PEARL) at Maryland and collaborate with a number of faculty and students across campus.

If you are a student interested in applying to Maryland’s iSchool for your PhD studies and are interested in working with me, or if you are a journalist researching an article and would like to speak with me, the best way to reach me is through email at jvitak[at] I’m especially happy to speak to the press about social media issues related to relationship/friendship practices, managing your identity online, data privacy, and big data ethics.

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