Graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a PhD and J.D., Lisa specializes in the fields of science, technology, and society. Currently, her research explores social networking technologies while questioning information ethics and its enforcement on the Internet in an open society.

Teaching and Research Areas 

Nelson’s research focuses on these key areas:

  • Social media
  • Philosophy of technology
  • Constitutional and international law
  • American judicial process



Select Publications and Funded Research

  • Social Media and Morality: Losing Our Self Control? (Cambridge University Press, May 2018).
  • America Identified: Biometric Technology and Society. (MIT Press, 2010).


Awards and Honors

  • ITR Collaborative Research Award, National Science Foundation, 2003-2008.
  • Recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur grant.



Consultancies and Public Service

  • Appointed to the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Committee (2011-2013)
  • Legal Expert, InSite Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Rand Corporation Consultant



Other Academic Positions

  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Fellow, Center for the Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
  • Affiliated Faculty with the Center for Bioethics, University of Pittsburgh