Rajiv C. Shah is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Part of this time was spent as a doctoral fellow at the National Center for Digital Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Prior to that he earned a JD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Shah’s research seeks to understand the relationship between the design of information technologies and society. Many fundamental societal concerns, such as privacy, are intertwined with the hardware and software of information technologies. He focuses on two aspects of this, the development of information technologies and how information technologies regulate behavior. Shah’s research has been published by the Communications of the ACM, Info, Washington University Law Quarterly, Yale Journal of Law & Technology, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology and the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine. He has been interviewed by numerous media outlets such as CBS Chicago, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Public Radio, and the Scripps Howard News Service, typically as an expert on video surveillance in Chicago or the emergence of smart camera systems.