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Heng Xu Professor Info Technology & Analytics

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KSB - Information Technology
New Mexico (3201) - 320
Additional Positions at AU
Director, Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center
Dr. Heng Xu is a Professor of Information Technology and Analytics in the Kogod School of Business at the American University, where she also serves as the Director of the Kogod Cyber Governance Center. Before joining Kogod in 2018, she served as a faculty member at the Pennsylvania State University for 12 years, as well as a program director at the National Science Foundation for 3 years. She has also served on a broad spectrum of national leadership committees including co-chairing the Federal Privacy R&D Inter-agency Working Group in 2016, and serving on the National Academies Committee on Open Science in 2017-2018.

Dr. Xu's recent research focuses on AI governance, privacy protection, data ethics, and algorithmic fairness. Her scholarly work has been published in premier outlets across various fields such as Psychology, Business, Computer Science, and Law, including Psychological Methods, Management Science, Management Information Systems Quarterly (MIS Quarterly), Information Systems Research, Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, and many others. Her interdisciplinary research and education have been sponsored by many competitive grants from multiple funding agencies such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, and National Security Agency. Her work has received many awards, including the Woman of Achievement Award in IEEE Big Data Security (2021), IEEE ITSS Leadership Award in Intelligence and Security Informatics (2020), the Operational Research Society's Stafford Beer Medal (2018), National Science Foundation's CAREER award in 2010, and many best paper awards and nominations at various conferences. Currently she serves as an associate editor at MIS Quarterly and IEEE Security & Privacy.
See Also
Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center
Robust Analytics Lab
Google Scholar
For the Media
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Spring 2021

  • ITEC-466 Cybersecurity Risk Management

Fall 2021

  • ITEC-467 Cybersecurity Governance

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Xu, H., and Zhang, N. (2021). "From Contextualizing to Context-Theorizing: Assessing Context Effects in Privacy Research," Management Science (accepted).

Xu, H., and Zhang, N. (2021). "Implications of Data Anonymization on the Statistical Evidence of Disparity," Management Science (accepted).

Zhang, N., and Xu, H. (2020). "Reconciling the Paradoxical Findings of Choice Overload Through an Analytical Lens," MIS Quarterly (accepted).

Zhang, N., Wang, M., and Xu, H. (2020). "Disentangling Effect Size Heterogeneity in Meta-analysis: A Latent Mixture Approach," Psychological Methods (in press).

Xu, H., Zhang, N., and Zhou, L. (2020). "Validity Concerns in Research Using Organic Data," Journal of Management (46:7), 1257-1274. [online available at:]

Professional Services

Services for the Community-at-Large

  • Member (2014-2016): National Privacy Research Strategy Forum (developed and drafted the National Privacy Research Strategy, released by the White House in 2016)
  • Co-Chair (2016): Federal Privacy R&D Inter-agency Working Group, Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program
  • Member (2017-2018): Committee on Toward an Open Science Enterprise, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Editorial Board

  • Associate Editor, Management Information Systems Quarterly, 2018 - present
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Security & Privacy, 2020 - present