Karen Levy


Karen Levy



I’m an assistant professor in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University, and associated faculty at Cornell Law School. I research how law and technology interact to regulate behavior, with emphasis on legal, organizational, and social aspects of surveillance and monitoring.

I have a PhD in Sociology from Princeton University, where my dissertation work examined the development of legal and organizational surveillance in the United States trucking industry. I have a JD from Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law. Before joining Cornell, I was a postdoctoral fellow at New York University School of Law’s Information Law Institute, NYU’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, and the Data and Society Research Institute.





Recent news!

  • Solon Barocas and I wrote about our research on “refractive surveillance” — how data collection about one group can impact another — for the Harvard Business Review. [08/16]
  • I’ve started my new position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science at Cornell! [07/16]
  • My book, Data Driven: Truckers and the New Workplace Surveillance, is under contract with Princeton University Press, coming in 2018. [07/16]
  • I appeared on the Algocracy and Transhumanism Podcast to talk about intimate surveillance, and John Danaher wrote a great 2-part ethical analysis of my work to accompany it [part 1 and part 2]. [07/16]

…slightly less recent news