Lisa S. Nelson
- PhD, Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1999
- JD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1996
- MA, Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1991
- BA, Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1989
Dr. Nelson specializes in the field of science, technology, and society. She has recently finished serving as a co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation grant to explore the societal perceptions of biometric technology in collaboration with Bojan Cukic, PhD (WVU); Stephanie Schuckers, PhD (Clarkson); Michael Schuckers (St. Lawrence University) Anil Jain PhD, (Michigan State); and Larry Hornack PhD (WVU) . This research will be published in America Identified: Biometric Technology and Society (MIT, 2010). She has also written several articles in journals including I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society and the University of Chicago Policy Review. She currently offers courses in Law and Society; Information, Society, and the Law; International Law and Policy; and Law and Civil Security.
Teaching and Research Areas
Law and politics, criminal justice, constitutional law, jurisprudence, American judicial process, political theory, law and literature, law and philosophy, philosophy of science, biometrics.
Select Publications and Funded Research
- America Identified: Biometric Technology and Society (MIT Press, 2010)
- ITR Collaborative Research Award, National Science Foundation, 2003-2008
- "Radiant Trust: Privacy, Trust and Technology" project funded by the Office of National Risk Assessment, 2006-Ongoing.
- "Normative Dimensions of Paternalism and Security," I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society (2006).
- "Constructing Policy: Protections, Privacy and Biometrics," Privacy and Identity: The Promise and Perils of a Technological Age. Kluwer Press, 2005.
- "Making Policy: Biometrics, Privacy and Autonomy," University of Chicago Policy Review (2004).
- "Biometrics and Privacy: Society, Perceptions, and Legal Doctrine," National Science Foundation grant funded by Information Technology Research, 2003-Present.
- Center for Identification Research (CITER) Award Recipient, 2002.
- Department of Defense Award, 2002.
- Advisory Group, Radiant Trust technology, 2002.
Consultancies, Public Service, and Awards/Honors
- 2009 GSPIA Teaching Award
- College of General Studies Student Choice Award, 2007
- Legal Expert, InSite Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
- Rand Corporation Consultant
- Senior Research Analysis West Virginia University Radiant Trust Center for Excellence
- GSPIA Faculty Honor Roll, 2003
- GSPIA Teaching Award, 2001
- Outstanding Service, Above and Beyond the Call of Duty, to the Students of the University of Pittsburgh, 2001
- Excellence for the Future Award, 1996
- John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Scholar, 1993-1994
- Columbia University Council for Educational Exchange Russian Research Abroad Scholarship, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1993
- Liberty and Security in the Age of Information and the War on Terror
Other Faculty and Academic Administration Positions
- Affiliated Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
- Fellow, Center for the Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh