Rishab Nithyanand

Title & Affiliation
Research Fellow Social and Education Policy Research Program
Assistant Professor Department of Computer Science


  • PhD, Computer Science, Stonybrook University, 2017

Rishab Nithyanand leads the Security, Privacy, and Anonymity Research Team (SPARTA Lab) in the Department of Computer Science. Before joining the faculty at Iowa, he was a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute (2017-18). While working on his PhD at Stony Brook University Nithyanand was co-advised by Rob Johnson and Phillipa Gill. His dissertation focused on building defenses for various attacks on the Tor anonymity network. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He has also worked at ICSI, Qualcomm Research, Computer Associates, and Sandia National Labs.

Research Interests

  • Internet measurement
  • Privacy
  • Security