Dr. Michael Zimmer

Michael Zimmer
Dr. Michael ZimmerMarquette University

Cudahy Hall, 201F

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
414-288-5226Personal Website
Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor and Vice Chair

Department of Computer Science

Director of Center for Data, Ethics, and Society

Dr. Michael Zimmer is the Director of Marquette's Center for Data, Ethics, and Society, an interdisciplinary center focused on confronting contemporary data ethics issues such as the controversies and consequences of our increasingly data-driven lives and spaces, unfair algorithmic biases, the unequal effects of computational decision-making, the privacy threats of ubiquitous surveillance systems, and the role for corporate social responsibility and accountability.


Dr. 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. 

Dr. Zimmer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Marquette University, and Director of the Center for Data, Ethics, and Society. He is an Affiliated Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, as well as the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute.

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 6820: Data Ethics
  • COSC 6960: Seminar in Computer Science: Critical Algorithm Studies

Research Interests

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

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) – Member of Ethics Working Committee
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI) – Member of Ethics Committee
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT)



  • “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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