Alessandro Acquisti is an Associate Professor at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University, the director of the CMU PeeX (Privacy Economics Experiments) lab, and the co-director of CMU Center for Behavioral Decision Research (CBDR). His research focuses on the economics and behavioral economics of privacy. His studies have spearheaded the application of behavioral economics to the analysis of privacy decision-making, and the analysis of privacy and disclosure behavior in online social networks (more…)
Idris Adjerid is a PhD candidate at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University. Upon completing his undergraduate studies in information systems at Virginia Tech, he went on to work for the Government Accountability Office where he was a senior analyst performing privacy and security reviews at various federal agencies. Concurrently, he completed his Masters of Business Administration at Virginia Tech with a focus in information systems. His primary research stream focuses on the intersection of behavioral decision research, behavioral economics, and privacy decision making. Specifically, he focuses on empirical evaluations of the role of relative judgments and framing on perceptions of privacy risks and the development of interventions to counteract limitations in privacy decision making.
Laura Brandimarte is a PhD candidate in Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. After undergraduate studies in economics at Sapienza University in Rome and a Master of Science at the London School of Economics, she joined CMU to study the behavioral economics of privacy. Her current research interests include privacy decision-making, cognitive and behavioral biases in privacy attitudes and choices, soft paternalism and privacy, risk perception and impression formation. Her research is mostly empirical and oriented towards practical policy implications.
Jim Graves is a PhD student in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.  His research focuses on the economics of information privacy laws.  He is a member of the Cylab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory. Jim was a data security and networking professional for over 15 years and holds several industry security certifications.  He has a B.S. in Mathematics/Computer Science and an M.S. in Information Networking, both from Carnegie Mellon, and a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the William Mitchell Law Review.  Jim is licensed to practice law in Minnesota.
Ralph Gross is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, working with Professor Alessandro Acqusiti.
Rob Mislavsky is a Research Assistant at PeeX. He is currently studying for his MBA at CMU’s Tepper School of Business with concentrations in marketing, organizational behavior and quantitative analysis. He completed his undergraduate study in finance and operations management at the University of Maryland
Eyal Peer is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. His research focuses on judgment and decision-making processes that relate to privacy and self-disclosure. Eyal received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Eyal’s web site is at
Sasha Romanosky researches legal and economic issues regarding data security and consumer privacy. Specifically, he examines the impact of data breaches on firm and consumer behaviors, and the extent to  which alternative policy interventions (ex ante regulation, information disclosure, and ex post liability) can play in reducing the externalities from data breaches. Sasha holds a PhD from the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Calgary. He was a security professional for over 10 years, predominantly within the financial and e-commerce industries at companies such as Morgan Stanley and eBay. Sasha holds a CISSP certification and is the co-author of the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS), an open framework for scoring computer vulnerabilities. He is a member of CyLab and the Usable Security and Privacy laboratory (CUPS) at Carnegie Mellon University. See for more information.
Sonam Samat is a PhD student in Public Policy & Management at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University. She has a BE in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Economics from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani in India. Her research focuses on the behavioral aspects of privacy decision making and she is currently working towards understanding the relationship between an individual’s wealth and her willingness to disclose personal information.
Fred Stutzman is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, working with Professor Alessandro Acqusiti. He holds a Ph.D. in information science, a graduate certificate in survey methodology, and a BA in economics from UNC-Chapel Hill. Fred’s website is at