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Katherine J. Strandburg

Alfred B. Engelberg Professor of Law

Katherine Strandburg concentrates her teaching and research on law and technology, including information privacy, implications of AI and predictive algorithms, innovation policy and patent law. Her legal analysis is informed by studies of user innovation and of knowledge commons governance, as well as by her prior career as a physicist studying emergent and collective phenomena.

Professor Strandburg obtained her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School with high honors in 1995 and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She is an experienced litigator, is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and has authored several amicus briefs to the Supreme Court and federal appellate courts dealing with patent law and privacy issues.

Prior to her legal career, Professor Strandburg was a research physicist at Argonne National Laboratory, having received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1984 and conducted postdoctoral research at Carnegie Mellon. She was a visiting faculty member of the physics department at Northwestern University from 1990-1992.