Denise Anthony is Professor of Health Management & Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She also has appointments in the Department of Sociology and in the School of Information. She is currently the Director of the Masters in Health Informatics Program.
Professor Anthony’s research explores social dynamics of cooperation, trust and privacy across social settings, from health care to workplaces, from micro-credit borrowing groups to online groups such as Wikipedia, Facebook, and Prosper.com. She has studied the effects of electronic health records (EHRs) on hospital quality, organizational dynamics affecting hospital compliance with HIPAA rules, and factors that influence patients’ use of online portals and telehealth. Her current work examines the intersection of information technologies (IT) and social interaction, social relationships, and social institutions. While new technologies offer potential to improve health and other aspects of life across populations, they may also produce unintended harms, including exacerbating health disparities, or enabling data flows that create security and privacy risks. Her multi-disciplinary research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and others, and published in sociology as well as in health policy and computer science journals, including among others the American Sociological Review, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Health Affairs, and IEEE Pervasive Computing.
Prior to joining the University of Michigan in 2018, she was Professor and past-Chair (2007-11) in the Department of Sociology at Dartmouth College. From 2014-17 she served as Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives at Dartmouth. From 2008-2013 she served as Research Director of the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS) at Dartmouth.