Latanya Sweeney

Latanya Sweeney

Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and Technology

As Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and Technology at Harvard University, my mission is create and use technology to assess and solve societal, political and governance problems, and to teach others how to do the same. The scientific study of technology's impact on humankind is termed technology science and I am the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Technology Science.

My earliest concern about technology's clash with society was in privacy, and my work first founded the area of study known as data privacy and I am the founding Director of the Data Privacy Lab at Harvard. Similarly, my work was first to demonstrate discrimination in online algorithms, and so, my work first founded the new emerging area known as algorithmic fairness.

In 2016, my family and I moved to Currier House at Harvard College, as the X.D. and Nancy Yang Faculty Deans of Currier House. Being a Faculty Dean has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Currier House is a teaching-learning environment for about 300 amazing and exciting Harvard College undergraduates. I am glad to know, work, grow and live with each one of them.


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p: 617-496-3629


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