Helen Nissenbaum is an Associate Professor in the Department of Culture and Communication at New York University. She is also a Faculty Fellow at the Information Law Institute of New York University. Nissenbaum’s research concerns the social, ethical, and political dimensions of information and communications technology. Her publications cover the topics of privacy, property rights, electronic publication, accountability, the use of computers in education, and values in the design of computer and information systems. Her research on values in design, security, and privacy has been supported through grants from the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Books by Nissenbaum include Emotion and Focus, Computers, Ethics and Social Values (co-edited with D.J. Johnson), and Academy and the Internet (co-edited with Monroe Prince).
At Princeton University, she served as Associate Director of the University Center for Human Values and before that held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University. She received a B.A. with honors from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, an M.A. in Education, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University.