Deirdre Mulligan

  • Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

Associate Professor

School of Information

University of California, Berkeley

303B South Hall
Berkeley, CA  94720-7200

(510) 642-0499

Website: UC Berkeley faculty profile

Issues: Privacy and Security

About Deirdre Mulligan

Deirdre K. Mulligan is an Associate Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley, a faculty Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, and an affiliated faculty on the new Hewlett funded Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity. Professor Mulligan’s research explores legal and technical means of protecting values such as privacy, freedom of expression, and fairness in emerging technical systems.


Professor Mulligan’s recent book, co-written with UC Berkeley’s Kenneth Bamberger, Privacy on the Ground: Driving Corporate Behavior in the United States and Europe, is a study of privacy practices in large corporations in five countries. Professors Mulligan and Bamberger received the 2016 International Association of Privacy Professionals Leadership Award for their research contributions to the field of privacy protection. In further privacy work, Professor Mulligan recently chaired a series of interdisciplinary visioning workshops on Privacy by Design with the Computing Community Consortium. She is a member of the National Academy of Science Forum on Cyber Resilience; Chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a leading advocacy organization protecting global online civil liberties and human rights; a founding member of the standing committee for the AI 100 project, a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence will ripple through every aspect of how people work, live and play; and a founding member of the Global Network Initiative, a multi-stakeholder initiative to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sector.


Prior to joining the School of Information, Professor Mulligan was a Clinical Professor of Law, founding Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, and Director of Clinical Programs at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Additionally, Professor Mulligan was the Policy lead for the NSF-funded TRUST Science and Technology Center, which brought together researchers at U.C. Berkeley, Carnegie-Mellon University, Cornell University, Stanford University, and Vanderbilt University. In 2007 she was a member of an expert team charged by the California Secretary of State to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the voting systems certified for use in California elections. This review investigated the security, accuracy, reliability and accessibility of electronic voting systems used in California.


J.D., Georgetown University, 1994
B.A., Smith College, 1988