Jessica Vitak

Jessica Vitak

Associate Professor and Director of CASCI
Hornbake Building (South Wing), Room 2117-G

Dr. Jessica Vitak  is an associate professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland and an affiliate professor in the Communication Department. In addition, she is director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI) and associate director of the Human Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL). 


Dr. Vitak's research evaluates the benefits and drawbacks of mediated communication technologies by focusing on the role that social and technical affordances shape interactions online.

Current Research Interests

  • Data privacy and security
  • Pervasive data ethics
  • Generation, collection, and analysis of large-scale user data


PhD, Michigan State University

Research Projects