Helen Nissenbaum

Associate Member of the Law Faculty and Professor, Cornell Tech
Contact Information
Cornell Tech
111 8th Avenue #302
New York, NY 10011

Email: hn288@cornell.edu

Professional Biography

Helen Nissenbaum is a Professor at Cornell Tech. She most recently served as Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, and Computer Science, at New York University, where she was also Director of the Information Law Institute.

Her eight books include Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest, with Finn Brunton (MIT Press, 2015), Values at Play in Digital Games, with Mary Flanagan (MIT Press, 2014), and Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (Stanford, 2010). Her research has been published in journals of philosophy, politics, law, media studies, information studies, and computer science. Grants from the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator have supported her work on privacy, trust online, and security, as well as studies of values embodied in design, search engines, digital games, facial recognition technology, and health information systems.

Recipient of the 2014 Barwise Prize of the American Philosophical Association, Prof. Nissenbaum has contributed to privacy-enhancing software, including TrackMeNot (for protecting against profiling based on Web search) and AdNauseam (protecting against profiling based on ad clicks). Both are free and freely available.

Before joining the faculty at NYU, she served as Associate Director of the Center for Human Values at Princeton University.


B.A., University of the Witwatersrand, 1976
M.A, Stanford University, 1978
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1983