About Elaine

es_leaningElaine Sedenberg is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley School of Information, where she is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow and co-director of the Center for Technology, Society & Policy (CTSP). Her dissertation studies how private sector research practices and information sharing between industry and academics may shape the national R&D ecosystem. Other research projects include policy analyses and recommendations for the responsible information access through government open data programs, privacy and ethical implications from the collection and sharing of “biosensed” data, and a study of the cybersecurity information sharing ecosystem. Elaine has also written about mechanisms for enabling responsible information exchanges by reclaiming the meaning and use of informed consent in modern data-gathering, digital contexts. On the side, Elaine leads a project at the Social Science Matrix making publicly available data about UC Berkeley social scientists accessible via a research network graph.

Prior to joining the I School, Elaine was a Science Policy Fellow at the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) in Washington D.C., which is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center that supports the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), as well as the NSF and other agencies. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the open access, student-run Journal of Science Policy and Governance (JSPG) from 2014-2016. Elaine has also served as a consultant for Center for American Progress’ online science publication, Science Progress, and completed a Tisdale Fellowship in technology policy. Elaine holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin where she graduated with highest honors and a Dean’s Honored Graduate distinction.

Outside of work, Elaine enjoys putting her chemistry training to work in the kitchen, hiking with picnics, dabbling in amateur photography, visiting her friends scattered across the country, and letting everyone know she is a proud Texan. She volunteers with the Junior League of San Francisco, and enjoys speaking with young girls and women about careers in science and technology.