Nan Zhang, Ph.D.

Professor of Information Technology and Analytics
Kogod School of Business, American University, Washington DC


American University

Since joining Kogod as a Professor in 2018, my research has focused on the proper use of data analytics and machine learning to understand people’s preferences and behavior, especially pertaining to important business and regulatory decisions.

Pennsylvania State University

After serving at the NSF, I had a (relatively) short stint as a Professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University.

National Science Foundation

As a program director at the National Science Foundation, my job was to facilitate and manage research projects in fields such as data management and analytics, information privacy, etc.

George Washington University

I ascended the academic career ladder during my nine years at the George Washington University, serving as an assistant, associate, and then full professor of computer science.

University of Texas at Arlington

I started my academic career as an assistant professor of computer science and engineering in the College of Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington.

Texas A&M University

I received my Ph.D. in computer science from Texas A&M University. My Ph.D. research focused on the issue of privacy protection in data mining, data analytics, and information sharing.

Professional Services

Editorial Services

Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on knowledge and Data Engineering (2016 - Present); Guest Associate Editor for MIS Quarterly, EPJ Data Science (Special Issue).

Conference Organization

Program Committee Co-Chair for Intl Conf on Web-Age Information Management (WAIM 2016), IEEE Symp on Privacy-Aware Computing (PAC 2018), IEEE Intl Conf on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI 2020). Finance Chair for ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data (SIGMOD 2018).

Working Group Co-Chair

for Privacy Research & Development Federal Inter-Agency Working Group, which was tasked with implementing a framework for coordinating federally-funded privacy research and development to support the National Privacy Research Strategy.

Sponsored Research Projects

See my CV for a list of recently completed research projects.

Fairness in AI Project

Fairness in AI Project

We thank the National Science Foundation and Amazon for their generous support of our three-year project “Using Machine Learning to Address Structural Bias in Personnel Selection”.

Theore - DARPA Project

Theore - DARPA Project

We thank the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for their support on our project “Theore: Theory-driven curation & reusable evaluation of research claims in social and behavioral studies”.

Robust Analytics - NSF Project

Robust Analytics - NSF Project

In this project sponsored by the National Science Foundation, we examine the inconsistent handling of organic data in scholarly publications in social sciences.


See my CV for my earlier publications before 2019.