Margaret Hu

Margaret Hu

Taylor Reveley Research Professor and Professor of Law
Degrees: J.D., Duke Law School; B.A., University of Kansas
Email: [[mhu05]]
Office phone: (757) 221-3277
Office location: Room 270
Full resume: here (.pdf in new window)
Teaching Interests

Constitutional Law I; National Security; Cybercrime Seminar; Privacy Law; Election Security Seminar

Representative Professional Activities and Achievements

Professor Margaret Hu is a Professor of Law. She is a Research Affiliate with the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences at Penn State University. Her research interests include the intersection of immigration policy, national security, cybersurveillance, and civil rights. She has published several works on dataveillance and cybersurveillance, including, Biometric ID Cybersurveillance; Big Data Blacklisting; Taxonomy of the Snowden Disclosures; Biometric Cyberintelligence and the Posse Comitatus Act; and Algorithmic Jim Crow. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Future of Privacy Forum, a non-profit think tank in Washington, D.C., that promotes responsible data privacy policies. Previously, she served as special policy counsel in the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Discrimination in the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice. Hu holds a B.A. from the University of Kansas and a J.D. from Duke Law School. She clerked for Judge Rosemary Barkett on U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and subsequently joined the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program.

Scholarly Publications
  • Pandemic Surveillance: Privacy, Security, and Data Ethics (Edward Elgar Pub., forthcoming 2023) (edited volume).
  • The Big Data Constitution: Constitutional Reform in the Cybersurveillance State (Cambridge U. Press, forthcoming 2023).
Articles and Book Chapters
  • Biometrics and an AI Bill of Rights, 60 Duq L. Rev. 283 (2022). Online.
  • Decitizenizing Asian Pacific American Women, 93 U. Colo. L. Rev. 325 (2022) (with Shoba S. Wadhia). Online.
  • Cambridge Analytica's Black Box, 2020 Big Data & Society 1 (2020) (peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal).
  • Digital Internment, 98 Tex. L. Rev. Online 174 (2020).
  • Digitized Election Administration: Promise and Peril, in America Votes! Challenges to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights (ABA 2019) (with Rebecca Green).
  • The Ironic Privacy Act, 96 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1267 (2019) (2019 Symposium: "Privacy and Trust in the Digital Age").
  • Bulk Biometric Metadata Collection, 96 N.C. L. Rev. 1425 (2018) (2018 Symposium: "Badge Cams as Data & Deterrent: Law Enforcement, the Public & the Press in the Age of Digital Video").
  • Cybersurveillance Intrusions and an Evolving Katz Privacy Test, 55 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 127 (2018) (Georgetown Law Center Symposium, "Katz @ 50").
  • Orwell's 1984 and a Fourth Amendment Cybersurveillance Nonintrusion Test, 92 Wash. L. Rev. 1819 (2018).
  • Algorithmic Jim Crow, 86 Fordham L. Rev. 633 (2017).
  • Biometric Cyberintelligence and the Posse Comitatus Act, 66 Emory L. Rev. 697 (2017) (2016 Thrower Symposium: "Redefined National Security Threats: Tensions and Legal Implications").
  • Biometric Surveillance and Big Data Governance, in Cambridge Handbook on Surveillance Law (David Gray and Stephen Henderson eds., Cambridge University Press 2017).
  • Crimmigration-Counterterrorism, 2017 Wis. L. Rev. 955 (2017).
  • Horizontal Cybersurveillance through Sentiment Analysis, 26 Wm & Mary Bill Rts. J. 361 (2017) (Symposium: "Big Data, National Security, and the Fourth Amendment").
  • Metadeath: How Does Metadata Surveillance Inform Lethal Consequences?, in Privacy and Power: A Transatlantic Dialogue in the Shadow of the NSA-Affair (Russell Miller ed., Cambridge University Press 2017).
  • The Regulation of Commercial Profiling-A Comparative Analysis, 2 Eur. Date Prot. L. Rev. 535 (2016) (with Indra Spiecker et al.).
  • Big Data Blacklisting, 67 Fla. L. Rev. 1735 (2015).
  • Small Data Surveillance v. Big Data Cybersurveillance, 42 Pepp. L. Rev. 773 (2015) (2014 Symposium: "The Future of National Security Law").
  • Taxonomy of the Snowden Disclosures, 72 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1679 (2015) (2015 Lara D. Gass Symposium: "Cybersurveillance in the Post-Snowden Age").
  • Biometric ID Cybersurveillance, 88 Ind. L.J. 1475 (2013).
  • Reverse-Commandeering, 46 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 535 (2012).
  • Biometric Data and Midnight Regulations, The Regulatory Review, Mar. 11, 2021 (with Dan Berger, Sara Katsanis & Jennifer Wagner) (op-ed). Online.

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