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Margaret Hu

Associate Dean for Non-JD Programs
Professor of Law
Professor of International Affairs
Co-Hire, Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
Faculty of the Institute for Network and Security Research in the College of Engineering

Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Duke Law School
B.A., University of Kansas

Professor Margaret Hu is a Professor of Law and of International Affairs, Co-Hire for the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, and Faculty Member of the Institute for Network and Security Research in the College of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. She also serves as Penn State Law's inaugural Dean for Non-JD Programs. Her research interests include the intersection of immigration policy, national security, cybersurveillance, and civil rights. She has published several works on dataveillance and cybersurveillance, including, Biometric ID CybersurveillanceBig Data BlacklistingTaxonomy of the Snowden DisclosuresBiometric Cyberintelligence and the Posse Comitatus Act; and Algorithmic Jim Crow.  She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Future of Privacy Forum, a non-profit think tank in Washington, D.C., that promotes responsible data privacy policies. Previously, she served as special policy counsel in the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice. Dean Hu holds a B.A. from the University of Kansas and a J.D. from Duke Law School. She clerked for Judge Rosemary Barkett on U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and subsequently joined the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program.


Pandemic Surveillance: Privacy, security, and data ethics (edited volume, forthcoming 2022)

The Big Data Constitution: Constitutional Reform in the Cybersurveillance State (forthcoming 2022)

Decitizenizing APA Women, Colorado. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022) (with Shoba Wadhia)

Cambridge Analytica's Black Box, 7 Big Data & Society 1-6 (2020)

The Ironic Privacy Act, 96 Wash. U.L. Rev. 1267 (2019)

Horizontal Cybersurveillance through Sentiment Analysis, 26 WM & Mary Bill of Rts J. 361 (2018)

Cybersurveillance Intrusions and an Evolving Katz Privacy Test, 55 AM. Crim. L. Rev. 127 (2018) (2018 Symposium: "Badgecams as Data & Deterrent: Law Enforcement, the Public & the Press in the Age of Digital Video")

Bulk Biometric Metadata Collection, 96 N. Car. L. Rev. 1425 (2018)

Orwell's 1984 and a Fourth Amendment Cybersurveillance Nointrusion Test, 92 Wash. U.L. Rev. 1819 (2018)

From the National Surveillance State to the Cybersurveillance State, 13 Ann. Rev. Of L. & Soc. Sci. 161 (2017)

Algorithmic Jim Crow, 86 Fordham L. Rev. 633 (2017)

Crimmigration-Counterterrorism, 2017 Wisconsin L. Rev. 955

Biometric Cyberintelligence and the Posse Comitatus Act, 66 Emory L. J. 697 (2017)

The Regulation of Commercial Profiling-A Comparative Analysis, 2 European Data Protection L. Rev. 535 (2016) (edited by Indra Spiecker and Olvia Tambou, co-authored with Paul Bernal, Laura Schertel Mendes, Ingo Wolfgang Sarlet, Normann Witzleb, & Florian Yger)

Digitized Election Administration: Perilds and Promise, in America Votes! Challenges to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights (Benjamin E. Griffith & John Hardin Young eds., 4th ed. 2020) (with Rebecca Green)

COVID-19 Surveillance and Brazil's Data Protection Law, in 3rd. Ed. of the International Congress on Fundamental Rights and Criminal Process in the Digital Era (2020)

Metadeath: How Does Metadata Surveillance Inform Lethal Consequences?, in Privacy and Power: A Transatlantic Dialogue in the Shadow of the NSA-AFFAIR (Rusell Miller ed., 2017)

Biometric Surveillance and Big Data Governance, in Cambridge Handbook on Surveillance Law (David Gray & Stephen Henderson, eds., 2017)

Digital Internment, 98 Texas L. Rev. Online (2020)