President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection
Mary J. Culnan
Professor Culnan came to the Commission on leave from
Georgetown University, where she is an Associate Professor at the School of Business. She has taught courses there on information systems and electronic commerce since 1988. She held previous faculty positions at American University, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Virginia.
Professor Culnan brought her expertise in information privacy to the Commission. Before departing Georgetown University, she conducted research on the consumer privacy issues raised by database marketing. She co-authored The Ethics of Information Management (with R.O. Mason and F.M. Mason, Sage, 1995). Her research has also been published in a number of academic journals and monographs and three of her opinion pieces were published in the New York Times.
Professor Culnan has testified before the House of Representatives on information policy issues on five occasions. These topics included the following: the Fair Credit Reporting Act, telecommunications privacy, the Drivers' Privacy Protection Act, the use of mailing lists for direct marketing, and private sector use of Social Security numbers.
A number of public and private organizations have sought her expertise on privacy. She has consulted with American Express, Mobil, Equifax, AT&T, Experian, the U.S. Postal Service and the Federal Trade Commission. Also, she has worked part time in two U.S. Senate offices, and she served on a White House Task Force on Presidential Correspondence in 1993.
From 1968-1975 Professor Culnan was employed by Burroughs Corporation (now Unisys) as a systems analyst.
Education: Ph.D. from Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA (1980) in computers and information systems. M.S. in library/information science from Florida State University (1968). A.B. in political science from College of Wooster (1966).