Jonathan Lazar

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Jonathan Lazar

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Dr. Jonathan Lazar is a professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. Dr. Lazar joined the University of Maryland in 2019, after 19 years as a professor of computer and information sciences at Towson University, where he served as director of the information systems program for 14 years.

Dr. Lazar has authored or edited 16 books, including Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction (2nd edition, co-authored with Heidi Feng and Harry Hochheiser), Ensuring Digital Accessibility Through Process and Policy (co-authored with Dan Goldstein and Anne Taylor), Disability, Human Rights, and Information Technology (co-edited with Michael Stein), Accessible Technology and the Developing World (co-edited with Michael Stein), Universal Usability: Designing Computer Interfaces for Diverse User Populations, and Web Usability: A User-Centered Design Approach. His 17th book, Foundations of Information Law (co-authored with Paul Jaeger, Ursula Gorham, and Natalie Greene Taylor) will be published in Sept 2023. He has published over 200 refereed articles in journals, conference proceedings, edited books, and magazines, and has been granted two US patents for his work on accessible web-based security features for blind users.

Dr. Lazar frequently serves as an adviser to government agencies and regularly provides testimony at federal and state levels, and multiple US federal regulations cite his research publications. He has been on the Executive Board of the Friends of the Maryland Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD) since 2009, has served as the co-chair of the Cambridge University Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology (CWUAAT) since 2012, has been on the program committee of the ACM Conference on Accessible Computing (ASSETS) most years since 2006, and served on the executive committee from ACM SIGCHI from 2010-2015. Dr. Lazar was the general chair of the ASSETS 2021 conference. Dr. Lazar is the executive director of the Maryland Initiative for Digital Accessibility and is a faculty member in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab.


Dr. Lazar is involved in research and teaching in human-computer interaction, with a focus on ICT accessibility for people with disabilities, user-centered design methods, assistive technologies, and law and public policy related to accessibility and HCI.

Current Research Interests

  • ICT accessibility in developing countries
  • Accessibility for blind users through non-visual modalities
  • Accessibility for users with cognitive impairments
  • Ballot accessibility in voting
  • New legal frameworks for enforcing ICT accessibility
  • Automated tools for accessibility testing
  • Accessibility beyond just web pages (including PDF documents, multimedia files, mobile accessibility, and technologies of the future)


  • LL.M. (Master of Laws), University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Shutzer Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
  • Ph.D., Information Systems, University of Maryland Graduate School Baltimore (UMBC)
  • M.S. in Information Systems, University of Maryland Graduate School Baltimore (UMBC)
  • B.B.A. in Management Information Systems, Loyola University Maryland (Recipient of the Father Daniel McGuire, S.J. Alumni Association Award)

Affiliations outside UMD


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