Lorrie Faith Cranor
FORE Systems Professor,
Computer Science and
Engineering & Public Policy
How should you address me? Professor Cranor and Dr. Cranor are both fine if this is a professional context where titles are used. Outside of professional contexts you may use Dr. Cranor or Ms. Cranor. Please do not address me as Mrs. Cranor in any context. If we're not using titles, then Lorrie is just fine. If you can't decide whether to be formal or not, Professor Lorrie will also do. Pronouns: she/her.
I was on leave from CMU in 2016 to serve as Chief Technologist at the US Federal Trade Commission. But now I'm back at CMU!
5000 Forbes Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
office: CIC 2207 (4720 Forbes Ave [directions])
Important information for prospective students and visitors
Usable privacy and security, technology and public
Current PhD Students: Jessica Colnago (Societal Computing), Pardis Emami Naeini (Societal Computing), Hana Habib (Societal Computing), Abby Marsh (Societal Computing), Maggie Oates (Societal Computing), Josh Tan (Societal Computing)
Graduated PhD Students (advisor): Rebecca Balebako (EPP PhD 2014), Cristian Bravo Lillo (EPP PhD 2014), Serge Egelman (COS PhD 2009), Patrick Kelley (COS PhD 2013, co-advisor w/ N. Sadeh), Saranga Komanduri (Societal Computing PhD 2016), Ponnurangam Kumaraguru (COS PhD 2009), Pedro Leon (EPP PhD 2014), Aleecia McDonald (EPP PhD 2010), Rob Reeder (CSD PhD 2008), Rich Shay (COS PhD 2015), Steve Sheng (EPP PhD 2009), Manya Sleeper (Societal Computing PhD 2016), Janice Tsai (EPP PhD 2009), Blase Ur (Societal Computing PhD 2016), Kami Vaniea (CSD PhD 2012, co-advisor w/ L. Bauer)
Graduated PhD Students (committee member): Andrew Besmer (PhD 2013 University of North Carolina at Charlotte), Varun Dutt (EPP PhD 2011), Patrick Feng (PhD 2002 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Maritza Johnson (PhD 2012 Columbia University), Cynthia Kuo (EPP PhD 2008), Elaine Newton (EPP PhD 2009), Kursat Ozenc (Design PhD 2011), Brandon Salmon (ECE PhD 2009), Karen Tang (HCII PhD 2010)
I have consulted for companies and non-profits on privacy policies, P3P, usable privacy and security, and technology policy. I have also served as an expert witness in patent litigation and in privacy cases, and in cases challenging the constitutionality of Internet harmful-to-minors laws, including the ACLU's successful challenge to the 1998 Children's Online Protection Act. I currently do expert witness consulting through Harbor Labs.
I spend most of my free time with my husband (Chuck), son (Shane), and daughters (Maya and Nina). I walk to work, practice yoga, take lots of photos, and design and create quilts. I also serve as an elected election judge, SciTech PTO President, and Dynamoms women's soccer commissioner.