Elizabeth M

Elizabeth M. Renieris 

Professor of the Practice
Founding Director, Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab 

Elizabeth M. Renieris is the Founding Director of the Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab, the applied research and development arm of the University of Notre Dame’s Technology Ethics Center, where she helps develop and oversee projects to promote human values in technology.

She is also a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a Practitioner Fellow at Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab, and an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.

Elizabeth’s work is focused on cross-border data governance, as well as the ethical challenges and human rights implications of digital identity, blockchain, and other new and advanced technologies.

As the Founder & CEO of HACKYLAWYER, a consultancy focused on law and policy engineering, Elizabeth has advised the World Bank, the U.K. Parliament, the European Commission, and a variety of international organizations and NGOs on these subjects. She’s also working on a forthcoming book about the future of data governance through MIT Press.

Elizabeth holds a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics, a Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College.

Nicole Mcalee

Nicole McAlee

Program Manager, Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab

Nicole McAlee is the Program Manager for the Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab. Nicole handles project planning and business management for the Lab, and is delighted to be engaged in the Lab’s innovative, timely, and mission-driven work. Prior to joining the Lab, she worked as a Senior Associate in the Technology Assurance practice at KPMG, serving clients in the energy and financial services industries. Nicole holds a B.B.A. in Information Technology Management from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. She is originally from Philadelphia. 


Co-founded by the University of Notre Dame and IBM, the Technology Ethics Lab is governed by a steering committee that is co-chaired and equally represents Notre Dame and IBM. The members of the steering committee are: 

  • Elizabeth Renieris, Founding Director of the Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab and Professor of the Practice (Notre Dame co-chair) 
  • Betsy Greytok, Vice President of Ethics and Privacy (IBM co-chair) 
  • Robert J. Bernhard, Vice President for Research; Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering 
  • Kirsten Martin, Director of the Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center; William P. and Hazel B. White Center Professor of Technology Ethics; Professor of IT, Analytics, and Operations
  • Christina Montgomery, Chief Privacy Officer; IBM Vice President 
  • Beth Rudden, Distinguished Engineer and IBM Executive Leader 
  • Maura A. Ryan, Vice President and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs; John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Christian Ethics 
  • Jeffrey J. Welser, Vice President, Exploratory Science and University Programs