My research focuses on understanding how users make security decisions and developing security education interventions for at-risk users.

Generously awarded a NSF GRFP, NDSEG and Facebook Fellowship.

Want a brief sample of my work, and the work of others in this area?
Check out my recent essay in Scientific American: Why Installing Software Updates Makes Us WannaCry


  1. Redmiles, E.M. Net Benefits: How Social-Media Use and Socioeconomic Status Relate to Social Capital, Privacy-Preserving Behavior, and Parenting in the U.S.

  2. Redmiles, E.M., Morales, M., Maszkiewicz, L., Stevens, R., Liu, E., Kuchhal, D., and Mazurek, M.L. First Steps Toward Measuring the Readability of Security Advice.

  3. Grgic-Hlaca, N., Redmiles, E.M., Gummadi, K.P., and Weller, A.. Human Perceptions of Fairness in Algorithmic Decision Making: A Case Study of Criminal Risk Prediction.

  4. Redmiles, E.M., Chachra, N., Waismeyer, B. Examining the Demand for Spam: Who Clicks?

  5. Votipka, D., Stevens, R., Redmiles, E.M., Hu, J., Mazurek, M.L. Hackers vs. Testers: A Comparison of Software Vulnerability Discovery Processes.

  6. Booth, K. M., Dosono, B., Redmiles, E.M., Morales, M., Depew, M., Farzan, R., Herman, E., Trahan, K., and Tananis, C. Diversifying the Next Generation of Information Scientists: Six Years of Implementation and Outcomes for a Year-Long REU Program.

  7. Plane, A., Redmiles, E.M., Mazurek, M.L., and Tschantz, M. Exploring User Perceptions of Discrimination in Online Targeted Advertising.

  8. Redmiles, E.M., Liu, E., and Mazurek, M. L. You Want Me To Do What? A Design Study of Two-Factor Authentication Messages.

  9. Stransky, C., Acar, Y., Nguyen, D.C., Wermke, D., Redmiles, E.M., Kim, D., Garfinkel, S., Backes, M., Mazurek, M. L., and Fahl, S. Lessons Learned from Using an Online Platform to Conduct Large-Scale, Online Controlled Security Experiments with Software Developers.

  10. Redmiles, E.M., Kross, S., and Mazurek, M.L. Where is the Digital Divide? A Survey of Security, Privacy, and Socioeconomics.

  11. Redmiles, E.M.*, Grace, E.*, Rai, A.*, and Ghani, R. Detecting Fraud, Corruption, and Collusion in International Development Contracts.
    *This is a co-first authored publication.

  12. Redmiles, E.M., Kross, S., and Mazurek, M.L. How I Learned to be Secure: a Census-Representative Survey of Security Advice Sources and Behavior.

  13. Redmiles, E.M. , Malone, A.R., and Mazurek, M. L. " I Think They're Trying to Tell Me Something: Advice Sources and Selection for Digital Security.

ICWSM 2018   |  Acceptance: 16%

ConPro 2018   |  Workshop

WWW 2018   |  Acceptance: 15%

CHI 2018   |  Acceptance: 26%

IEEE S&P 2018  |   Acceptance: 9%

iConference 2018   |  Acceptance: 30%

USENIX Sec. 2017   |   Acceptance: 16%

SOUPS WAY 2017   |   Workshop

CSET 2017   |  Workshop

CHI 2017   |   Acceptance: 25%

BigData 2016   |   Acceptance: 19%

CCS 2016   |   Acceptance: 16%

IEEE S&P 2016   |   Acceptance: 13%


Written as a student.
total awarded: $41,500

  1. "Learning from Lay Experts: Improving Security and Privacy Education", Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (NSF GROW), National Science Foundation and Swiss National Science Foundation, Fellow (PI equivalent, see CV for more details), Sponsoring Scientist: Eszter Hargittai, $26,000, 2018-2019.
  2. Facebook academic gift for research on usable privacy and security to Elissa M. Redmiles and Michelle L. Mazurek, Facebook, $5,500, 2017.
  3. "Get Paid To Program - Engaging Underrepresented High School Women in Computer Science", Google.org and National Center for Women in Technology Student Seed Grant, PI, $5,000, 2017-2018.
  4. "Survey Research into the Privacy and Security Experiences of Low-SES Populations", Data and Society Research Institute, Data Access Grant, PI, 2015-2016.
  5. "Computer Science Connect 'Curriculum-In-A-Box'", SIGCSE Special Projects Grant, PI, Co-PI: Jandelyn Plane, 2013-2014, $5000.

    See completed project


University of Maryland
Doctorate of Philosophy in Computer Science
Graduate Certificate in Survey Methodology (18 credits)
      Outstanding Graduate Student 2018
      NSF Graduate Research Fellowship 2017 - 2020
      Facebook Fellowship 2017 - 2019
      NDSEG Fellowship 2017 - 2021 (declined for NSF GRFP)
      Deans Fellowship 2015 & 2016
      University of Chicago Data Science for Social Good Fellow 2015


University of Maryland
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Cum Laude
GPA: 3.93 | Banneker Key Full Grant
Thesis: Human factors and requirements for a successful mobile platform dynamic taxishare system in the USA.


Phillips Exeter Academy
High School
GPA: 10.6/11.0, Highest Honors