Dr. Heng Xu is a Professor of Information Technology and Analytics in the Kogod School of Business at the American University, where she also serves as the Director of the Kogod Cyber Governance Center. Before joining Kogod in 2018, she had a mix of academic and government background, serving as a faculty member at Penn State for 12 years, as well as being a program director at the National Science Foundation for 3 years. She has also served on a broad spectrum of national leadership committees including co-chairing the Federal Privacy R&D Inter-agency Working Group in 2016, and serving on the National Academies Committee on Open Science in 2017-2018.

Dr. Xu’s research focuses on information privacy, data analytics, data ethics, and cybersecurity management. Her work has received many awards, including the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award in 2010, and many best paper awards and nominations at various leading conferences. Her scholarly work has been published in premier outlets across various fields such as Psychology, Business, Computer Science, and Law, including Psychological Methods, Management Information Systems Quarterly (MIS Quarterly), Information Systems Research, Journal of Management, Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, and many others. Her interdisciplinary research and education have been sponsored by many competitive grants from multiple funding agencies such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, and National Security Agency. Currently she serves as an associate editor at MIS Quarterly and IEEE Security & Privacy.