Career Profile

I am currently a PhD student in the Societal Computing program at Carnegie Mellon University, advised by Lorrie Faith Cranor. My research interests span many areas of security and privacy, and include understanding user behavior and preferences in relation to privacy and security and developing effective privacy choice mechanisms for online consumers.

Prior to starting my PhD, I completed a Bachelors in Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering from Cornell University and a Masters in Information Technology - Information Security from Carnegie Mellon University. I also worked as a software engineer for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Selected Publications

Hana Habib, Jessica Colnago, Vidya Gopalakrishnan, Sarah Pearman, Jeremy Thomas, Alessandro Acquisti, Nicolas Christin, and Lorrie Faith Cranor. "Away From Prying Eyes: Analyzing Usage and Understanding of Private Browsing." In Proceedings of the Fourteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS'18). 2018.
Hana Habib, Pardis Emami Naeini, Summer Devlin, Maggie Oates, Chelse Swoopes, Lujo Bauer, Nicolas Christin, and Lorrie Faith Cranor. "User Behaviors and Attitudes Under Password Expiration Policies." In Proceedings of the Fourteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS'18). 2018.
Hana Habib, Jessica Colnago, William Melicher, Blase Ur, Sean Segreti, Lujo Bauer, Nicolas Christin, and Lorrie Faith Cranor. "Password Creation in the Presence of Blacklists." In Proceedings of the Workshop on Usable Security (USEC '17). 2017.


Graduate Research Assistant

Aug 2016 - Present
CMU CyLab Usable Privacy & Security Lab, Pittsburgh

As PhD student researcher, I develop user study protocols to investigate research questions in the space of usable privacy and security. I then utilize quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze data collected from these user studies.

During the Fall 2016 semester I also served as a Teaching Assistant for Privacy Policy, Law, and Technology, a cross-discipline graduate level course.

Research Intern

May 2018 - Aug 2018
Snap Inc, Los Angeles

During my internship, I designed and conducted a user study to better understand the role of context on public sharing decisions of Snapchat users, and communicated the findings to stakeholders within the company to inform future product development. I also collaborated with Marketing, Privacy Engineering, and Legal teams to help establish organizational processes for conducting HCI research.

Privacy Engineering Intern

May 2015 - Aug 2015
Apple Inc, Cupertino

At Apple, I collaborated with teams cross-functionally to ensure that feature designs for new and existing Apple products were privacy-protective for customers. I also developed tools to automate recurring Privacy Engineering tasks and analyzed reported data to better understand customer privacy needs.

Graduate Research Assistant

Jan 2015 - Dec 2015
CMU CyLab Usable Privacy & Security Lab, Pittsburgh

As a research assistant, I facilitated a diary and interview study of online data sharing practices in order to better understand user requirements for applications and services. My contributions included coordinating and conducting participant interviews, and analyzing survey data through interview coding.

I also helped design a user study protocol to investigate effective notification mediums for Internet of Things devices. As part of this study, I modified a PhoneGap Android application to send push notifications containing variations of a privacy notice for a Fitbit device.

Product Owner/Software Engineer

June 2013 - July 2016
Department of Defense, Maryland

While at the DoD, I led efforts to implement capabilities to generate different cryptographic products by a Key Management Infrastructure (KMI). I also updated system components to integrate new KMI capabilities and virtualized them for use in the development environment.

Scholarships & Awards

Privacy Scholars Fellowship Program Participant - Hosted by the Program on Economics & Privacy (PEP) at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School to support research on the economics of privacy and data security.

CyLab Presidential Fellowship - A tuition scholarship awarded to high-achieving exemplary CyLab graduate students researching topics in security and privacy.

Executive Women's Forum Fellowship - A full-tuition scholarship awarded to an incoming female student studying information security at the Information Networking Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program - A DoD sponsored scholarship awarded to high-school seniors who plan to study computer science or computer/electrical engineering.


INI Alumni Leadership Council Memember (2018-)
CHI Reviewer (2017-2019)
OurCS Facilitator (2017)

Skills & Certifications

JavaScript & PHP