Karen Levy

Assistant Professor
Information Science


Karen Levy is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University, and associate member of the faculty of Cornell Law School. She researches how law and technology interact to regulate social life, with particular focus on social and organizational aspects of surveillance. Much of Dr. Levy’s research analyzes the uses of monitoring for social control in various contexts, from long-haul trucking to intimate relationships. She is also interested in how data collection uniquely impacts, and is contested by, marginalized populations.

Dr. Levy is also a fellow at the Data and Society Research Institute in New York City. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University and a J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Dr. Levy previously served as a law clerk in the United States Federal Courts.

Research Interests

  • Critical Data Studies
  • Ethics, Law and Policy
  • Technology and Equity


  • Ph.D. (Sociology), Princeton University, 2014
  • M.A. (Sociology), Princeton University, 2010
  • J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2006
  • B.A. (Political Science), Indiana University, 2003