University of Maryland

Featured Faculty: Jonathan Lazar – Professor

Jonathan Lazar, PhD, LLM is a professor in the College of Information Studies (iSchool) at the University of Maryland. Professor Lazar has authored or edited 14 books, including Accessible Technology and the Developing World (co-edited with Michael Stein), Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction (2nd edition, co-authored with Heidi Feng and Harry Hochheiser), Ensuring Digital Accessibility Through Process and Policy (co-authored with Dan Goldstein and Anne Taylor), Disability, Human Rights, and Information Technology (co-edited with Michael Stein), Universal Usability: Designing Computer Interfaces for Diverse User Populations, and Web Usability: A User-Centered Design Approach. He has published over 150 refereed articles in journals, conference proceedings, and edited books. He frequently serves as an adviser to U.S. government agencies, regularly provides testimony at the federal and state levels, and multiple U.S. federal regulations cite his research. He has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Google, and Adobe. Dr. Lazar is the director of the Trace Research and Development Center, the nation’s oldest research center on technology and disability. At the University of Maryland iSchool, he teaches courses on human-computer interaction, user-centered design, accessibility, and legal research methods. He is the recipient of the 2021 ACM SIGCHI Academy Award, the 2020 ACM SIGACCESS Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility, the 2019 Rachel Olivero Accessibility Innovation Award from the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland, the 2017 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, and the 2016 ACM SIGCHI Social Impact Award. Dr. Lazar was the 2012-2013 Shutzer Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Dr. Lazar is also the general chair of the ASSETS 2021 conference.


Lots of enthusiastic people to collaborate with!