Jennifer Golbeck

Jennifer Golbeck

Jennifer Golbeck

Associate Professor and Director, Social Intelligence Lab
(301) 405-7185


PhD in Computer Science  from University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
SM, Computer Science from the University of Chicago

SB, Computer Science from the University of Chicago
AB, Economics from the University of Chicago


Room 2117K Hornbake Bldg, South Wing


Dr. Jen Golbeck is a world leader in social media research and science communication. She began studying social media from the moment it emerged on the web a decade ago, and is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field. Her research has influenced industry, government and the military. She is a pioneer in the field of social data analytics, discovering people’s hidden attributes from their online behavior, and a leader in creating human-friendly security and privacy systems. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland.

Research Interests

  • Understanding how people use social media to improve the way they interact with information
  • Social networks
  • Trust
  • Web science
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Human-computer interaction


  • INST631-Fundamentals of Human-Computer Interaction

Recent Publications & Products 

  • Golbeck, Jennifer. "Benford’s Law Applies to Online Social Networks." PloS one 10.8 (2015): e0135169.
  • Ted Talk: TEDxMidatlantic: The Curly Fry Conundrum
  • Book: Introduction to Social Media Investigation: ISBN-13: 978-0128016565
  • Book: Analyzing the social web | ISBN-13: 978-0124055315


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