Jonathan Lazar


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Ph.D., M.S., University of Maryland Graduate School Baltimore (UMBC)

BBA, Loyola University Maryland

Radcliffe Fellowship, Harvard University

Areas of Expertise

Human-Computer Interaction, Web Usability, Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities, User-centered design methods, Public Policy and Law related to Human-Computer Interaction, Usable Security


Dr. Jonathan Lazar is a Professor of Computer and Information Sciences.  He founded the Universal Usability Laboratory at Towson University and served as director from 2003 - 2014. Dr. Lazar is involved in teaching and research in the area of human-computer interaction, specifically, Web usability, Web accessibility for people with disabilities, user-centered design methods, assistive technology, and public policy in the area of human-computer interaction.

He has previously published eight books, including “Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction” (co-authored with Heidi Feng and Harry Hochheiser, 2010, John Wiley and Sons), “Universal Usability: Designing Computer Interfaces for Diverse User Populations” (2007, John Wiley and Sons), and “Web Usability: A User-Centered Design Approach” (2006, Addison-Wesley). His newest book, titled "Ensuring Digital Accessibility Through Process and Policy," co-authored with Dan Goldstein and Anne Taylor, was published in June 2015 by Morgan Kaufmann Publishers (an imprint of Elsevier).

Dr. Lazar has also published over 130 refereed articles in journals, conference proceedings, and edited books. Dr. Lazar currently serves on the executive board of the Friends of the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and from 2010-2015, served on the Executive Committee of ACM SIGCHI (Computer-Human Interaction) as the chair of public policy.

Dr. Lazar was named winner of the 2015 AccessComputing Capacity Building Award, the 2011 University System of Maryland Regents Award for Public Service, the 2010 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award from the National Federation of the Blind, and the 2009 Outstanding Faculty Award in the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics at Towson University. Dr. Lazar has been granted two US patents for his work on creating accessible web-based security features. 

During the 2012-2013 academic year, Dr. Lazar was selected as the Shutzer Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University to investigate the relationship between human-computer interaction for people with disabilities and US Disability Rights Law.