Jonathan Lazar

Jonathan Lazar

Jonathan Lazar

Professor
Office: 
Hornbake Building, South Wing, Room 2117-J
Telephone: 
(301) 405-2825

Dr. Jonathan Lazar is a professor in the College of Information Studies (iSchool) at the University of Maryland. Dr. Lazar joined the iSchool 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 12 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), Universal Usability: Designing Computer Interfaces for Diverse User Populations, and Web Usability: A User-Centered Design Approach. He has published over 140 refereed articles in journals, conference proceedings, and edited books, and has been granted two US patents for his work on accessible web-based security features for blind users. He 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 Physically Handicapped since 2009, co-chair of Cambridge University Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology since 2012, and has been on the program committee of the ACM Conference on Accessible Computing (ASSETS) most years since 2006. Dr. Lazar is the associate director of the Trace Center and core faculty in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab.

Focus

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)

Education

  • 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)

Recognition

  • University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarship, April 2017
  • ACM SIGCHI Social Impact Award, May 2016
  • AccessComputing Capacity Building Award (sponsored by the University of Washington and NSF), for advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities in computing fields, January 2015
  • University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service, April 2011
  • Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award from the National Federation of the Blind, July 2010
  • Fisher College of Science and Mathematics Outstanding Faculty Award, Towson University, October 2009
  • Maryland Daily Record Innovator of the Year Award, October 2009
  • Best Paper Award, ACM 2008 Conference on Assistive Technology (ASSETS)