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Abigail Marsh

acmarsh @ cmu.edu
Societal Computing PhD Candidate
Institute for Software Research
Carnegie Mellon Univeristy
Advised by Lorrie Faith Cranor

Curriculum Vitae: [PDF]

I am a 5th-year PhD candidate at Carnegie Mellon, in the Societal Computing Program. I am fortunate to be advised by Lorrie Cranor and to receive additional guidance from Julie Downs in the Social and Decision Sciences department. I am also a member of CUPS Lab within CyLab at CMU.

In the Fall semseter of 2018, I will be joining the faculty of the Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science Department of Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

I research usable privacy, particularly how families with teenaged children negotiate teens' privacy and online safety. I am broadly interested in studying how to make online privacy inclusive of marginalized and under-researched populations.

I received an undergraduate degree with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics at Oberlin College in May of 2013. I was advised by Benjamin Kuperman and Tom Wexler in Computer Science, and Kevin Woods in Mathematics.

Read more about me here.

Thesis Defense

I will be defending my thesis this summer, 2018. More information will be posted when available.

Thesis Proposal

I defended my thesis proposal on June 15, 2017.


Maggie Oates, Yama Ahmadullah, Abigail Marsh, Chelse Swoopes, Shikun Zhang, Rebecca Balebako, and Lorrie Faith Cranor. Turtles, Locks, and Bathrooms: Understanding Mental Models of Privacy Through Illustration. Accepted, to appear in the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium, 2018.

Abigail Marsh, Lorrie Faith Cranor, and Julie S. Downs. Experts' Views on Digital Parenting Strategies. CyLab technical report, CMU-CyLab-17-002, 2017.

Pedro Giovanni Leon, Ashwini Rao, Florian Schaub, Abigail Marsh, Lorrie Faith Cranor, Norman Sadeh. Privacy and Behavioral Advertising: Towards Meeting Users' Preferences. PPS, SOUPS workshop, 2015.

Lorrie Faith Cranor, Adam L. Durity, Abigail Marsh, and Blase Ur. Parents' and Teens' Perspectives on Privacy In a Technology-Filled World. SOUPS 2014.

Rebecca Balebako, Abigail Marsh, Jialiu Lin, Jason Hong, and Lorrie Faith Cranor.The Privacy and Security Behaviors of Smartphone App Developers. USEC, NDSS workshop, 2014.


Presentation at The Carnegie Mellon University - K&L Gates Conference on Ethics and AI, April 2018.

Parents' and Teens' Perspectives on Privacy In a Technology-Filled World. Presented at SOUPS 2014, in Menlo Park, California.