Rebecca Wright
Rebecca N. Wright
Barnard College
Druckenmiller Professor, Computer Science
Director, Vagelos Computational Science Center
Affiliate, Computer Science, Columbia University
Member, Data Science Institute, Columbia University

Milstein Center, Room 513
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

email: rwright (at)
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Barnard Computer Science and the Vagelos Computational Science Center are hiring multiple positions, including a tenure-track assistant profesor position. More info and application insructions here.

Research Interests

Computer and communications security, particularly in the areas of privacy, cryptographic protocols, and fault-tolerant distributed computing. Designing protocols, systems, and services that perform their specified computational or communication functions even if some of the participants or underlying components behave maliciously.

Current Professional Activities

2019 National Science Foundation Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Principal Investigators' Meeting, Chair, Technical Program Committee.

ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, Steering Committee.

Simons Foundation, Mathematical and Physical Sciences Scientific Advisory Board.

Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), Privacy and Technology Advisory Board.

SWSIS Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security, CRA-WP scholar selection director. Applications open through February 1, 2020.

Computing Research Association's Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP), Advisory Committee.

Computing Research Association's Committee on Widening Participation in Computing Research (CRA-WP), Board of Directors.

CISPA-Stanford Center for Cybersecurity, Advisory Board.

Transactions on Data Privacy, Editorial Board.

PeerJ Computer Science, Editorial Board.


Spring 2020: COMS BC 3420. Privacy in a Networked World.

Fall 2019: COMS BC 3420. Privacy in a Networked World.

The following courses were taught at Rutgers University.

Spring 2018: 01:198:294. Great Ideas and Insights in Computer Science, house course for the Douglass-SAS-DIMACS Computer Science Living-Learning Community

Spring 2017: 01:198:294. Great Ideas and Insights in Computer Science, house course for the Douglass-SAS-DIMACS Computer Science Living-Learning Community

2012–2018: Douglass-DIMACS Computing Corps, faculty advisor. Watch the video!

Spring 2013: 16:198:500. Light Seminar on Secure Computation (co-led with Jason Perry)

Fall 2011: 16:198:500. Light Seminar on Accountability in Online Life

Fall 2009: 16:198:500. Light Seminar on Economics of Cybersecurity

Fall 2008: 16:198:671. Privacy in a Networked World
16:198:500. Light Seminar on Readings in Differential Privacy

Fall 2007: 16:198:672. Theory of Distributed Computation

The following courses were taught at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Spring 2007: CS601A. Algorithmic Complexity

Spring 2006: CS625A. Foundations of Distributed Computing

Fall 2005: CS601A. Algorithmic Complexity

Spring 2005: CS465A/CS765A. Privacy in a Networked World
CS693A. Cryptographic Protocols (co-taught with Prof. Susanne Wetzel)

Fall 2004: CS668A. Foundations of Cryptography

Spring 2004: CS601A. Algorithmic Complexity

Fall 2003: CS668A. Foundations of Cryptography

Spring 2003: CS601A. Algorithmic Complexity

Fall 2002: CS765C. Foundations of Distributed Computing

I organized a series of tutorials at DIMACS, August 4-7, 2003:
DIMACS Tutorial on Applied Cryptography and Network Security


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Students and Postdocs

Graduated Students

Neil Lutz PhD 2017 (Rutgers) → University of Pennsylvania
Jason Perry, PhD 2015 (Rutgers) → Lewis University
Darakhshan Mir, PhD 2013 (Rutgers) → Wellesley CollegeBucknell
Geetha Jagannathan, PhD 2010 (Rutgers) → Columbia
Michael de Mare, PhD 2010 (Stevens)
Zhiqiang Yang, PhD 2007 (Stevens) → Imagine SoftwareGoldman Sachs
Hiranmayee Subramaniam, MS 2003 (Stevens) → PolyPaths

Current PhD students

Cong Zhang (co-advised with David Cash)


Vijay Ramachandran (February 2006 - July 2007) → Colgate
Sotiris Ioannidis (February 2005 - June 2007, co-supervised with Susanne Wetzel) → FORTH
Sheng Zhong (September 2004 - July 2005) → University at Buffalo (SUNY) Nanjing University

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