I have been with the Information Systems program in Qatar as a full time faculty member since 2009, joining as the third faculty member following its initial launch.  My research examines normative and non-normative behavior related to the use of information systems, particularly focused on information systems security.  Current research projects include an evaluation of Workman’s Model of psychological motives for corporate harassment differentiated by the construal of self and an examination of hactivism through the lens of perceived injustice, group efficacy, and action tendencies.

Photo by Alexander R. Wilcox Cheek

My work at Carnegie Mellon in Qatar builds on my prior years of experience as a researcher with the IT Process Institute, SEI/CERT and Q-CERT and my experience teaching at Florida State University, where I began working first as an academic and pre-law advisor, then as full time faculty starting in 2002. In 2005, I began working as a lead researcher with the IT Process Institute, examining the relationship between IT controls and system performance. That work led me to opportunities with CMU through the Software Engineering Institute/CERT, and, ultimately, to accept a position at CERT with the Insider Threat Team.


I relocated to Qatar in late 2007 to begin working with the Outreach and Training section of QCERT, where I developed measures of Information Security Implementation effectiveness for Qatar’s critical infrastructure in addition to offering a full range of CERT courses to the professional IS community in the region.  In 2008, I began teaching technical courses for the IS program as an adjunct faculty member, and in 2009, after CMU’s contract for QCERT expired, I moved permanently to the Qatar campus as a full-time faculty member.