Skip to the main content

Naniette H. Coleman is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and both an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a Fellow with the Cyber Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. An enthusiastic researcher, educator, mentor, and public servant Naniette’s work sits at the intersection of the sociology of culture and organizations and focuses on cybersecurity, surveillance, and privacy in the US context. Naniette will spend her time at Harvard working primarily on investigating 1) how organizations assess risk, make decisions, and respond to data breaches and organizational compliance with state, federal, and international privacy laws and 2) how individuals think about and respond to challenges to their personal privacy. Naniette is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Privacy (IRGP) at UC Berkeley. Now in its fourth year of operation, IRGP is a discovery-oriented undergraduate education program led by Naniette that gives students a small liberal arts college feel at a large public institution. The semester long research (and professional) skills training program focuses on the review, discussion, translation, and dissemination of privacy, surveillance, and cybersecurity knowledge to the public. In terms of the academic charge, the lab team seeks to increase the amount and quality of publicly available information on privacy, surveillance, and cybersecurity information available to the public with the goal of increasing data privacy literacy. Since the summer 2016, over 60 IRGP affiliated student editors have founded and edited privacy, cybersecurity, surveillance, and whistleblower related Wikipedia pages and logged over 90 million views on those pages. Naniette holds a Master of Public Administration with a specialization in Democracy, Politics, and Institutions from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and both an M.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Communication from the University at Buffalo, SUNY. A non-traditional student, Naniette’s prior professional experience includes local, state (New York), and federal government (Department of Commerce and the Office of the US Trade Representative) service, as well as work for two international organizations (the World Bank and the United Nations), and two universities (Harvard and Berkeley).