Jennifer Golbeck

Jennifer Golbeck

Jennifer Golbeck

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


Understanding how people use social media to improve the way they interact with information


  • Social networks
  • Trust
  • Web science
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Human-computer interaction


  • PhD, Computer Science, University of Maryland College Park
  • SM, Computer Science, University of Chicago
  • SB, Computer Science, University of Chicago
  • AB, Economics, University of Chicago


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.


  • INST631 Fundamentals of Human-Computer Interaction


  • 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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