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!

  • New article! I wrote about what blockchain-based smart contracts get wrong about law, published in Engaging Science, Technology, and Society. [2/17]
  • My colleague Clara Berridge and I were awarded a grant from the Borchard Foundation to pursue research on state laws about surveillance cameras in nursing homes. [1/17]
  • I’m excited to affiliate with Cornell’s Center for the Study of Inequality and Media Studies Initiative. [1/17]
  • New working paper: Alex Rosenblat, Solon Barocas, Tim Hwang, and I wrote about how customer ratings can be a backdoor for discriminatory employment outcomes; we won a Best Paper Award for it from the Oxford Internet Institute, and discussed it at New Scientist. [10/16]
  • 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, and talked about it [dubbed in French] on France Culture radio. [10/16]
  • 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]

…slightly less recent news