Masooda Bashir

Masooda Bashir

Associate Professor

PhD, Psychology, Purdue University

Other professional appointments

Director, Social Sciences in Engineering Research, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, 2013 - present
Associate Professor, Coordinated Science Laboratory and Information Trust Institute, University of Illinois, 2013 - present
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, University of Illinois, August 2012 - present
Researcher, Science of Security (SoS) Lablet, Information Trust Institute, 2013 - present

Research focus

The interface of information technology, human psychology, and society; especially how privacy, security, and trust intersect from a psychological point of view with information systems.


Masooda Bashir received degrees in mathematics, computer science, and psychology and earned her PhD in psychology from Purdue University. She worked for several years as a systems analyst, technical trainer, manager, and global manager for a number of corporations in Silicon Valley, including Lotus and IBM. Most recently, she was the assistant director for social trust initiatives in the Information Trust Institute (ITI) at the University of Illinois. In addition, Bashir has led multiple ITI educational initiatives, including the summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates internship program and the Illinois Cyber Security Scholarship Program. She teaches courses in privacy in the internet age, information assurance, ethics of cybersecurity, and digital forensics.

Her projects include:

Office hours

By appointment

Publications & Papers

Sharma, T., & Bashir, M. Use of Apps in the COVID-19 Response and the Loss of Privacy Protection. Nature Medicine. May 2020.

Sharma, T., & Bashir, M. (2020). Towards A Comprehensive Set of PII that Warrants Privacy Protections. Association Information Science & Technology Annual Meeting (ASIS&T). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. October 2020. (Under Review).

Wang, T., & Bashir, M. (2020). Privacy Considerations When Predicting Mental Health Using Social Media. Association Information Science & Technology Annual Meeting (ASIS&T). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. October 2020. (Under Review). 

Ferronato, P. & Bashir, M. (2020). Do Our Ethics Influence Our Trust in Automation? 83rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. October 2020. (Under Review)

Ferronato, P. & Bashir, M. (2020). An Examination of Dispositional Trust in Human and Autonomous System Interactions. 22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCII). Copenhagen, Denmark. July 2020. (In press).

Sharma, T., Bashir, M., (2020). Privacy Apps for Smartphones: An Assessment of Users’ Preferences and Limitations. 22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCII). Copenhagen, Denmark. July 2020

Wang, T., & Bashir, M. (2020). A Study of Social Media Behaviors and Mental Health Wellbeing from a Privacy Perspective. Applied Human Factor and Ergonomics, Virtual Conference (AHFE). USA. July 2020.

Ferronato, P. & Bashir, M. (2020). Does the Perception of Risk Influence Human Interactions with Autonomous Vehicles? 11th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE). San Diego, California, USA. July 2020.

Sharma, T., Bashir, M., (2020). An Analysis of Phishing Emails and How the Human Vulnerabilities are Exploited. 11th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE). San Diego, California. July 2020.

Zheng, Q, Bashir M. (2020). Investigating the Differences in Privacy News Based on Grounded Theory. The 11th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE). San Diego, California, USA. July 2020.

Huang, H.Y. and Bashir, M. (2020). "Seeking Privacy Makes Me Feel Bad?”: An Exploratory Study Examining Emotional Impact on Use of Privacy-Enhancing Features". Future of Information and Communication Conference (FICC). San Francisco, California, USA. March 2020. Direct published link:

Sharma, T., Bambenek, J. C., & Bashir, M. (2019). Preserving Privacy in Cyber-Physical-Social Systems: An Anonymity and Access Control Approach. Cyber-Physical Social Systems (CPSS) 2019 proceedings by CEUR-WS. Bilbao, Spain. October 2019.

Afnan, T., Huang, H.Y., Sclafani, M., and Bashir, M., (2019). "Putting a Price on Social Movements: A Case Study of #MeToo on Instagram.” Association for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting (ASIS&T). Melbourne, Australia. October 2019.

Huang, H.Y. and Bashir, M. (2019). "If You Agree with Me, Do I Trust You?”: An Examination of Human-Agent Trust From a Psychological Perspective.” Artificial Intelligence Conference (Intellisys). London, UK. September 2019. Direct published link:

Liu, C., Huang, H.Y., Albarracin, D., & Bashir, M. (2018, July). Who Shares What with Whom? Information Sharing Preferences in the Online and Offline Worlds. In AHFE 2018 Applied Human Factor and Ergonomics, Florida, U.S. 

Huang, H. Y., & Bashir, M. (2017, October). Personal Influences on Dynamic Trust Formation in Human-Agent Interaction. In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Human Agent Interaction (pp. 233-243). ACM. 

Bloch, B. S., & Bashir, M. (2017, July). Privacy and Security of Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices: Applying a Contextual Integrity Analysis. In International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (pp. 569-580). Springer, Cham. 

C. D. Giulio, R. Sprabery, C. Kamhoua, K. Kwiat, R. H. Campbell and M. N. Bashir, "Cloud Standards in Comparison: Are New Security Frameworks Improving Cloud Security?," 2017 IEEE 10th International Conference on Cloud Computing (CLOUD), Honolulu, CA, 2017, pp. 50-57.
doi: 10.1109/CLOUD.2017.16. 

Carlo Di Giulio, Charles Kamhoua, Roy H. Campbell, Read Sprabery, Kevin Kwiat, and Masooda N. Bashir. 2017. IT Security and Privacy Standards in Comparison: Improving FedRAMP Authorization for Cloud Service Providers. In Proceedings of the 17th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGrid '17). IEEE Press, Piscataway , NJ, USA, 1090-1099.

Carlo Di Giulio, Read Sprabery, Charles Kamhoua, Kevin Kwiat, Roy H. Campbell, and Masooda N. Bashir. 2017. Cloud security certifications: a comparison to improve cloud service provider security. In Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Internet of things and Cloud Computing (ICC '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 120, 12 pages. 

Huang, H.Y. & Bashir, M., (2017, July). Android App Permission and Users’ Adoption: A Case Study of Mental Health Application. HCI International, Vancouver, Canada. 

Addawood, A., Schneider, J., & Bashir, M. (2017). Stance Classification of Twitter Debates: The Encryption Debate as A Use Case. SMSociety’17, July 28–30, 2017, Toronto, ON, Canada. 

Huang, H.Y. & Bashir, M., (2017). Examining the Impact of Information Cues on Users’ Adoption of Mental Health Applications. Journal of Medical Internet Research, Journal of mHealth and uHealth. 

Huang, H.Y. & Bashir, M., (2017, July). Trust in Automation: A Cultural Perspective. In AHFE 2017 Applied Human Factor and Ergonomics, Los Angeles, U.S. 

Book Chapters:

Bashir, M. and Di Giulio, C. (2017). "Certifications Past and Future. Future model for assigning certifications that incorporate lessons learned from past practices". In Assured Cloud Computing. Edited by Roy H. Campbell. IEEE Press. 

Jane Blanken-Webb, Imani Palmer, Roy H. Campbell, Nicholas C. Burbules, & Masooda Bashir. (Expected 2018). Cybersecurity ethics. In Burgess, J.T.F. & Knox, E.J.M. (Eds.). Foundations of Information Ethics. Chicago, IL: American Library Association. 

Complete List of Publications


Huang, H.Y. & Bashir, M., (2016, June). Measuring Privacy from Users' Perspective of Information Control and Perceived Risks. 9th Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference, Washington D.C., U.S. Carnegie Mellon University – Workshop on the Future of Privacy Notice and Choice panelist. "Online Privacy Agreements, Is it Informed Consent?" June 27th, 2014.

Jethwani, M., Memon, N., Wee, J., Bashir, M. (June 2016). The Effectiveness of GenCyber Programs at Building Adolescent Girls' Knowledge, Confidence and Interest. Round Table presentation at The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE), Philadelphia, PA.

Purdue University – The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) speaker series, W. Lafayette IN. “Online Privacy Agreements, is it informed Consent?” April 16th, 2014.

UIUC Campus Insights – Presentation to the Board of Trustee on the Program Develop-ment in Digital Forensics. September 11th, 2013.

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) – Center of Excellence of Assured Cloud Computing Seminar series, Rome NY. “Digital Forensics: a Multidisciplinary Approach”. August 21st, 2013.

Sandia National Laboratory – Panelist at “Symposium graduate panel”, Albuquerque NM, annual TITANS University Week. August 5th-7th, 2013.

Cyber and Information Challenges 2012 Conference – SUNYIT and the Cyber New York Alliance, Utica NY. “Consumer Privacy Choices, informed consent, and Baseline protections to facilitate market transactions in the cloud”. June 12th -14th, 2012.

Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) – Profiling and Prediction Roundtable panel member, West Lafayette, IN. Workshop “Does Profiling Makes Us More Secure?” March, 2012.

Air Force Research Lab – Assured Cloud Computing seminar, Rome, NY. “Privacy in the cloud: Going beyond the contractarian paradigm”. December, 2011.

Sandia National Laboratory – University Partners Cyber Open House and Workshop, Albuquerque, NM. “Trust - human dimension” Workshop. July 25th -27th, 2011.