Sebastian Benthall, Ph.D.

My research applies computational methods to questions about the political economy of information.

I am an NSF SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellow studying heterogeneous agent modeling of the personal data economy.

Current research includes:

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AI, Security and Privacy

Computational Social Science



Some more "popular" writing, for a slightly less academic audience. I've included some of my most widely read blog posts.



Sebastian Benthall. Context, Causality, and Information Flow: Implications for Privacy Engineering, Security, and Data Economics. Ph.D. dissertation. Advisors: John Chuang and Deirdre Mulligan. University of California, Berkeley. 2018. (eScholarship) (slideshare)


2021 - NSF SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellow

2019 - Research Engineer, Econ-Ark

2018 - : Research Scholar at NYU. GGLT (2019 - ), ILI (2018 - ) and CCS (2018 - 2019).

2019 : Senior Data Engineer at Skopos Labs

2016 - 2018 : Researcher at Cornell Tech under Prof. Helen Nissenbaum.

2016 - 2019 : Data scientist at Ion Channel.

2011 - 2018 : PhD at UC Berkeley's School of Information.

2007 - 2011 : Worked in programming, management, and marketing in geospatial civic tech company, OpenGeo.

2007 : B.A., Brown University, Cognitive Science.

On the Web

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e-mail: spb413 at nyu dot edu