Karen Levy

Associate Professor of Information Sciences


Karen Levy is an associate professor in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University, and associate member of the faculty of Cornell Law School. She researches how law and technology interact to regulate social life, with particular focus on social and organizational aspects of surveillance. Much of Dr. Levy's research analyzes the uses of monitoring for social control in various contexts, from long-haul trucking to intimate relationships. She is also interested in how data collection uniquely impacts, and is contested by, marginalized populations.

Dr. Levy is also a fellow at the Data and Society Research Institute in New York City. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University and a J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Dr. Levy previously served as a law clerk in the United States Federal Courts.


  • Levy, Karen E.C. 2015. “Intimate Surveillance.” Idaho Law Review 50: 679-93.
  • Salganik, Matthew J., and Karen E.C. Levy. 2015. “Wiki Surveys: Open and Quantifiable Social Data Collection.” PLOS ONE 10(5). 
  • Levy, Karen E.C. 2015. “The Contexts of Control: Information, Power, and Truck Driving Work.” The Information Society 31:160-174.
  • Levy, Karen E.C., and Michael Franklin. 2014. “Driving Regulation: Using Topic Models to Examine Political Contention in the United States Trucking Industry.” Social Science Computer Review 32(2):182-194.
  • Levy, Karen E.C. 2013. “Relational Big Data.” Stanford Law Review Online 66:73-79.