- 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 had a mix of academic and government background, serving as a faculty member at Penn State for 12 years, as well as being 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 current research focus is on the interplay between human and technological issues associated with information privacy and cybersecurity, with the overall goal to understand the social, strategic, policy and governance aspects of handling and securing personal data. Her work has received many awards, including the National Science Foundation's CAREER award in 2010, and a total of 10 best paper awards and nominations at various leading conferences. Her scholarly work has been published in premier outlets across various fields such as Information Systems, Law, and Human-Computer Interaction, including Management Information Systems Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), and many others. Her interdisciplinary research and education have been sponsored by 11 grants from the National Science Foundation and National Security Agency.