Madelyn Rose Sanfilippo

Assistant Professor

PhD, Information Science, Indiana University

Other professional appointments

Faculty Affiliate, Informatics
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Global Studies

Research focus

Governance in sociotechnical systems as designed, practiced, and experienced; evaluating technology governance outcomes; social inequality in experiences with technology; information law, policy, and inequality; social aspects of privacy, data, platforms, and personalization; and social informatics.


Madelyn Rose Sanfilippo is an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research empirically explores governance of sociotechnical systems, as well as outcomes, inequality, and consequences within these systems. Using mixed-methods, including computational social science approaches and institutional analysis, she addresses research questions about: participation in and legitimacy of sociotechnical governance; social justice issues associated with sociotechnical governance; privacy in sociotechnical systems; and differences between policies or regulations and sociotechnical practice. Her work practically supports decision-making in, management of, and participation in a diverse public sphere.

Madelyn studied environmental studies, international studies, political science, and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (BS) and Information Science at Indiana University, Bloomington's School of Informatics and Computing (MIS, PhD). She is currently an affiliate of the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University and was previously affiliated with AI Now and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.

Prior to joining the iSchool at Illinois, she was a postdoctoral research scholar at the Information Law Institute at New York University's School of Law, where she studied knowledge commons governance and collaborated with the Privacy Research Group, as well as a postdoctoral IT policy fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) at Princeton University, where she collaborated around privacy and user experiences in sociotechnical systems, including mobile platforms and IoT.

Office hours

Monday 2:30–4:00 p.m., or by appointment

Publications & Papers

Sanfilippo, M. R., Frischmann, B., & Strandburg, K. J. (eds.) (2021). Governing Privacy in Knowledge Commons. Cambridge University Press.

Sanfilippo, M. R., & Shvartzshnaider, Y. (2021). Data and Privacy in a Quasi-Public Space: Disney World as a Smart City. In iConference 2021 Proceedings.

Sanfilippo, M. R., Shvartzshnaider, Y., Reyes, I., Nissenbaum, H., & Egelman, S. (2020). Disaster privacy/privacy disaster. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

Sanfilippo, M. R., & Strandburg, K. J. (2019). Privacy governing knowledge in public Facebook groups for political activism. Information, Communication & Society, 1-18.

Sanfilippo, M. R., & Lev-Aretz, Y. (2019) Topic Polarization and Push Notifications. First Monday, 24(9).

Sanfilippo, M., Frischmann, B., & Standburg, K. (2018). Privacy as commons: Case evaluation through the governing knowledge commons framework. Journal of Information Policy, 8, 116-166.

Sanfilippo, M. R., & Lev-Aretz, Y. (2017). Breaking news: How push notifications alter the fourth estate. First Monday.

Sanfilippo, M. R., Yang, S., & Fichman, P. (2017). Managing online trolling: From deviant to social and political trolls. In Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-50), January 4, 2017, Waikoloa Beach, Hawaii.

Hara, N., & Sanfilippo, M. R. (2016). Co-constructing controversy: Content analysis of collaborative knowledge negotiation in online communities. Information, Communication & Society, 19(11), 1587-1604.

Sanfilippo, M. R. (2016). Information Rules as Institutions Shaping Political Participation. In Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-49), January 5-8, 2016, Kauai, Hawaii.

Fichman, P., & Sanfilippo, M. R. (2015). The bad boys and girls of cyberspace: How gender and context impact perception of and reaction to trolling. Social science computer review, 33(2), 163-180.


Sanfilippo, M. R., & Chattopadhyay, T. (2021). Sociotechnical Cooperatives: The Impact of Technology on Cooperative Organizations. TPRC48.

Yang, S., Sanfilippo, M., Fichman, P., Zhang, S., Zhu, A., & Fleischmann, K.R. (2020) The Use of ICT During a Global Health Crisis. 2020 ASIS&T.

Sanfilippo, M. R., Shvartzshnaider, Y., Reyes, I., Nissenbaum, H., & Egelman, S. (2020). Disaster Privacy/Privacy Disaster. PrivacyCon, FTC, July 21, 2020.

Shvartzshnaider, Y., Sanfilippo, M. R. (2020). Privacy/Disaster: When Information Flows are Taken Out of Context. Digital Life Initiative (DLI) Seminar, Cornell Tech, April 13, 2020.

Madison, M. J., Frischmann, B., Strandburg, K. J., & Sanfilippo, M. R. (2019). Governing Knowledge Commons. Sixth Annual Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop (WOW6), June 19-22, 2019.

Gorham, A. E., Nissenbaum, H., Sanfilippo, M. R., Strandburg, K. J., & Verstraete, M. (2019). Legitimacy in Contextual Integrity. 12th Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference, May 30-31, 2019, University of California-Berkeley.

Sanfilippo, M. R., & Strandburg, K. (2018). Privacy as Governance in Social Media Based Political Organizing. Privacy as Knowledge Commons Governance Conference, October 12-13, 2018, Villanova University.

Sanfilippo, M. R. (2018). Pushy News: Social Technologies, Manipulation, and the Fourth Estate. Workshop on Collective Behavior, Social Media, and Systemic Risk: Policy and Legal Implications of Online Societies, August 17-18, 2018, Princeton University.

Sanfilippo, M. R., & Strandburg, K. (2018). Privacy as Governance in Political Organizing. 11th Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference, May 30-31, 2018, George Washington University.

Sanfilippo, M. R., & Lev-Aretz, Y. (2017). Breaking News. Data & Society, October 24, 2017, New York, NY.