University of Wisconsin–Madison

Alan Rubel

Associate Professor; advisor dual degree program with Law


4259 Helen C. White Hall
600 N Park St, Madison, WI 53706


J.D. University of Wisconsin Law School 2003
Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2006

Research Interests:

Research fields – Information ethics, policy, and law

Areas of interest – Information privacy and security, surveillance, algorithmic decision-making, bioethics

Classes taught:

LIS 201: The Information Society
LIS 661: Information Ethics and Policy
LIS 460 / Legal Studies 460: Surveillance, Privacy, and Police Powers
Legal Studies 450: Jurisprudence and Contemporary Issues
Engineering Professional Development 713: Basic Legal Concepts for Professionals

Recent Publications:

Eran Klein and Alan Rubel, “Privacy and ethics in brain-computer interface research,” in Chang S. Nam, Anton Nijholt, and Fabien Lotte (eds) Brain–Computer Interfaces Handbook: Technological and Theoretical Advances (CRC Press: 2018)

Rafael Yuste et al., “Four Ethical Priorities for Neurotechnologies and AI,” Nature 551 (7679) (November 9, 2017): 159-163 

Alan Rubel, “Legal Archetypes and Metadata Collection,” Wisconsin International Law Journal 34(4) (2017): 823-853

Alan Rubel and Kyle Jones, “Student Privacy in Learning Analytics: An Information Ethics Perspective,” The Information Society 32(2) (Spring 2016): 143-159