Dr. Andrea M. Matwyshyn is an academic and author whose work focuses on the intersection of technology design, innovation policy, and law, particularly information security/ "cybersecurity," artificial intelligence/machine learning, health tech and infodemiology, consumer privacy, intellectual property, technology competition, and workforce pipeline policy.  Her full vitae is available here.

Professor Matwyshyn is a professor in the law school and engineering school at Penn State, the Associate Dean of Innovation at Penn State Law (University Park), and the founding director of the Penn State PILOT Lab (Policy Innovation Lab of Tomorrow), an interdisciplinary technology policy lab. She is also an affiliate scholar of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) Institute for Communication Sciences (ISCC) at the Sorbonne. In 2019-2020, she is a Fellow of the John W. Kluge Center in the Library of Congress.

She has worked in both the public and the private sector. In 2014, she served as the Senior Policy Advisor/ Academic in Residence at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.  As public service, she has testified in Congress on issues of information security regulation, and she maintains ongoing policy engagement.  Prior to becoming an academic, she was a corporate attorney in private practice, focusing her work on technology transactions. She continues to maintain collaborative technology industry relationships and has authored articles for the popular business press.

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Professor Matwyshyn has previously held primary appointments in University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Northwestern University School of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law, and Northeastern University School of Law/School of Computer Science, where she co-founded the Center for Law, Innovation, and Creativity (CLIC).  She has also held visiting appointments or affiliations at the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, Singapore Management University, Indian School of Business, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania School of Law,   and Princeton University, where she was the Microsoft Visiting Professor of Information Technology Policy during 2014-15 and an affiliate scholar in 2015-2017.  She has previously also served as Senior Fellow of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. Professor Matwyshyn was a US-UK Fulbright Commission Cyber Security Scholar award recipient in 2016-2017.  

Her Erdos number is 4.  Her primary hobbies are photography, documentary film, and collecting books about Grace Hopper.

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Financial support disclosure


  • Professor Matwyshyn's research is directly financially supported by the Hewlett Foundation in 2020.  

  • She is also engaged in compensated consulting on behalf of federal agency clients but no private sector entities. 

  • Penn State Law offers students the opportunity to participate in a Technology Scholars Program that is supported by Microsoft Corporation. These law and post-doctoral students are interested in careers in technology law and policy and collaborate on research with PILOT lab.  

Past direct financial support:

  • 2004: Trustworthy Computing Curriculum Grant, Microsoft Corporation