Ira Globus-Harris
pronouns: they/them
PhD Candidate, Computer and Information Sciences
University of Pennsylvania
igh at seas dot upenn dot edu

About Me

My name is Ira Globus-Harris, and I am a second year PhD candidate in the computer and information sciences department at the University of Pennsylvania, co-advised by Aaron Roth and Michael Kearns. My research focuses on questions relating to ethics in computer science, particularly differential privacy and fairness, and I am currently a summer intern at Amazon AWS. Prior to Penn, I worked at Boston University as a software engineer with SAIL and with the Harvard Privacy Tools Project, and got my bachelors from Reed College in Portland, OR.


Diana, Emily, et al. "Lexicographically Fair Learning: Algorithms and Generalization." Foundations on Responsible Computing (FORC). 2021.

Drechsler, Joerg, et al. “Non-parametric Differentially Private Confidence Intervals for the Median.” In submission to Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology Special Issue on Privacy. 2021.

Swanberg, Marika, et al., “Improved Differentially Private Analysis of Variance.” Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS). 2019.

Qin, Lucy, et al., "From Usability to Secure Computing and Back Again.” Fifteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS). 2019

KD Al Bab, et al. “Tutorial: Deploying Secure Multi-Party Computation on the Web Using JIFF.” IEEE Secure Development (SecDev), 2019.


Fall 2021: Head TA, U Penn CIS 320 Introduction to Algorithms
2015-2018: TA and tutor, Reed Math 121 Introduction to Programming
2017-2018: Instructor and course design, Computer Science Outreach Program
2017: Tutor, Reed Physics 202 Modern Physics
2016: Tutor, Reed Physics 201 Oscillations and Waves
2015-2016: Tutor, Reed Humanities 110

Past Research Affiliations and Projects

Boston University SAIL
Harvard Privacy Tools Project


I am the president of the Penn school of engineering and applied sciences' group for LGBTQ+ graduate students, Engiqueers. At Reed, I co-led the group for gender minorities in STEM fields, STEMGeMs. I also designed curriculum and taught a computer science outreach program to a local elementary school while at Reed.