Naniette H. Coleman

Naniette H. Coleman

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues / Simon Center / Berkman Klein Center for the Internet and Society / Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs / Los Alamos National Lab
Research Interests
Culture, Organizations, Science and Technology Studies, Law and Society, Qualitative & Quantitative Methods, Computational Social Science

Naniette H. Coleman is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of California Berkeley and a multi-year UC-National Laboratory Graduate Fellow (Los Alamos). She is the only social scientist selected for this distinction in the history of the program.

Naniette’s work sits at the intersection of the sociology of culture and organizations and focuses on cybersecurity, surveillance, and privacy in the US context. Specifically, Naniette’s research examines how organizations assess risk, make decisions, and respond to data breaches and organizational compliance with state, federal, and international privacy laws.

Naniette is the recipient of numerous academic and professional service honors including the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the American Association of Colleges & Universities, Berkeley Chancellor’s Award for Public Service, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, Alumni Public Sociology Award, Presidential Management Fellowship, and President's Life-time Volunteer Service Award. Current academic and professional service commitments include founding and leading the first Summer Institute in Computational Social Science at a Historically Black College of University, SICSS-Howard/Mathematica 2021 and sitting on the Board of Trustees for ScienceCounts.

Naniette holds a Master of Public Administration with a specialization in Democracy, Politics, and Institutions from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and both an M.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Communication from the University at Buffalo, SUNY. A non-traditional student, Naniette’s prior professional experience includes local, state, and federal service, as well as work for two international organizations, and two universities. (11/2/2021)