Dr. Michael Zimmer

Michael Zimmer
Dr. Michael ZimmerMarquette University

Cudahy Hall, 201F

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

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. 

With a background in communication & Internet studies, science & technology studies, and information policy & ethics, Zimmer uses mixed methods to help reveal the social and ethical dimensions of our contemporary digital ecosystem. Recent projects have focused on both quantitative and qualitative investigations into the privacy and ethical dimensions of big data and computational social science research, wearable fitness trackers, smart home technologies, the application of artificial intelligence in various healthcare settings, and surveillance practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Courses Taught

  • CORE 1929: Methods of Inquiry: Communicating with Data
  • COSC 1820: Data, Ethics, and Society
  • COSC 3820: Professional Ethics in Computer & Data Science
  • 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) – Co-Chair 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)



  • "Ethics Education and Preparedness for AI Researchers: A Benchmarking Study." Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab. Principal Investigator: $4,625. 2023-2024

  • "Supporting Privacy Negotiation Among Multiple Stakeholders in Smart Environments." National Science Foundation (NSF) SaTC SMALL: Collaborative Research Grant. Co-Principal Investigator: $145,615 ($599,978 total project funding). 2023-2025

  • “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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