Dr. Michael Zimmer

Michael Zimmer
Dr. Michael ZimmerMarquette University

Cudahy Hall, 240E

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
414-288-5226Personal Website

Associate Professor, Director of Data Science Graduate Certificate and MS in Data Science

Department of Computer Science


Prof. Michael Zimmer is a privacy and data ethics scholar whose work focuses on digital privacy & surveillance, the ethics of big data, internet research ethics, and the broader social & ethical dimensions of emerging digital technologies. With a background in communication & Internet studies, science & technology studies, and information policy & ethics, Prof. Zimmer uses mixed methods to help reveal the social and ethical dimensions of our contemporary digital ecosystem.

Courses Taught

  • CORE 1929: Methods of Inquiry: Data Science
  • COSC 1820: Computers, Ethics, and Society
  • COSC 4820/5820: Social and Ethical Implications of Data
  • COSC 6960 Seminar in Computer Science: Critical Algorithm Studies

Research Interests

  • Privacy
  • Data ethics
  • Internet research ethics
  • Social & ethical computing



  • “Public Opinion Research on Artificial Intelligence in Public Health Responses” American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Co-Principal Investigator: $18,689. 2020-2021
  • “How COVID-19 is Changing Workplace Surveillance: American Workers’ Experiences & Privacy Expectations When Working from Home” Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Rapid-Response Grants on Covid-19 and the Social Sciences. Co-Principal Investigator: $5,000. 2020-2021
  • "PERVADE: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research". National Science Foundation (NSF) CHS: LARGE: Collaborative Research grant. Co-Principal Investigator: $373,957 ($3 million total project funding). 2017-2021

  • “Mapping Privacy and Surveillance Dynamics in Emerging Mobile Ecosystems: Practices and Contexts in the Netherlands and US.” National Science Foundation (NSF) EAGER (EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research) grant. Co-Principal Investigator: $100,685 ($262,000 total project funding). 2016-2019

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Department of Computer Science
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(414) 288-8600

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