Andrea M. MatwyshynProfessor of Law
Northwestern University, BA, 1996
Northwestern University, MA, 1996
Northwestern University School of Law, JD, 1999
Northwestern University, PhD, 2005
Dr. Andrea M. Matwyshyn is an academic and author whose work focuses on technology and innovation policy, particularly information security, consumer privacy, intellectual property and technology workforce pipeline policy.
Professor Matwyshyn received a US-UK Fulbright Commission Cyber Security Scholar award in 2016-2017. In addition to her appointment on the law faculty, she is a professor of computer science (by courtesy), and co-director of the law school’s Center for Law, Innovation, and Creativity (CLIC). She is also a faculty affiliate of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and a visiting research collaborator at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, where she was the Microsoft Visiting Professor of Information Technology Policy during 2014-2015. Professor Matwyshyn is also a senior fellow of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.
Professor Matwyshyn has worked in both the public and the private sector. In 2014, she served as the senior policy advisor/ academic in residence at the US Federal Trade Commission. As public service, she has testified in Congress on issues of information security regulation, and she maintains ongoing policy engagement. Prior to entering the academy, she was a corporate attorney in private practice, focusing her work on technology transactions. She continues to maintain collaborative technology industry relationships and has authored articles for the popular business press.
Professor Matwyshyn has previously held primary appointments in University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Northwestern University School of Law and the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She has also held visiting appointments or affiliations at the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, Singapore Management University, Indian School of Business and University of Notre Dame.
Her Erdos number is 4. Her primary hobbies are photography, documentary film and collecting books about Grace Hopper.
Fields of Expertise
- Information Technology
- Data Security
- Privacy Law and Policy
Harboring Data: Information Security, Law and the Corporation (Stanford University Press, 2009).
- “Privacy, the Hacker Way,” 87 Southern California Law Review 1 (2014).
- “Hacking Speech: Informational Speech and the First Amendment,” 107 Northwestern Law Review 795 (2013).
- “The Law of the Zebra,” 28 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 1 (2013).
- “Generation C: Childhood, Code and Creativity,” 87 Notre Dame Law Review 1979 (2012).
- “Hidden Engines of Destruction: The Reasonable Expectation of Code Safety and the Duty to Warn in Digital Products,” 62 Florida Law Review 1 (2010).
- “Imagining the Intangible,” 34 Delaware Journal Corporate Law 3 (2009).
- “Technoconsen(t)sus,” 85 Washington University Law Review 529 (2007).
- “Material Vulnerabilities: Data Privacy, Corporate Information Security and Securities Regulation,” 3 Berkeley Business Law Journal 129 (2005).
- “Of Nodes and Power Laws: A Network Theory Approach to Internet Jurisdiction through Data Privacy,” 98 Northwestern Law Review 493 (2004).
- "The Big Security Mistakes Companies Make When Buying Tech," The Wall Street Journal (March 13, 2017).
- “Apple Uses First Amendment in FBI Fight,” BloombergBusiness (February 24, 2016).
- “The Implications of Apple’s fight with the FBI,” news@Northeastern (February 19, 2016).
- “The Legal Landscape of Information Security,” news@Northeastern (October 26, 2015).
- “The EPA Opposes Rules That Could’ve Exposed VW’s Cheating,” Wired (September 18, 2015).
- “Apple v Samsung Patent Verdict Reconsidered in Court,” BBC (December 6, 2012).
- “Privacy, Please: This Is Only for the Two of Us,” The New York Times (June 3, 2012).