Ada Lerner

Assistant Professor of Computer Science


I am recruiting PhD students and postdocs! If you're interested in any kind of usable security research, please don't hesitate to reach out. Send me an email:

My research is broadly within the area of usable security and privacy with a particular focus in several areas, including privacy law, communities' privacy perceptions and norms, and the computer security and privacy needs of those who are marginalized or vulnerable. My methods include qualitative, quantitative, measurement, and design approaches, and my work is frequently interdisciplinary across domains such as feminist and queer theories, international relations, and the law.

From 2017-2022, I was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Wellesley College. I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Washington and my B.A. from Amherst College. At UW CSE, I had the pleasure to be advised by Franzi Roesner and Yoshi Kohno in the Security and Privacy Research Lab.