Me at the Nuremberg Imperial Castle, Germany in Summer 2017.

Hello there! Thanks for thinking I'm interesting enough to check up on. If you've come this far, I encourage you to say hello before you leave :)

My name is Yixin Zou (pronounced "Yee-Shin Zoh"). I am an incoming tenure-track faculty member at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy in Bochum, Germany. I completed my Ph.D. in Information at the University of Michigan, advised by Florian Schaub.

My research interests lie at the intersection of human-computer interaction, privacy, and security. I work on developing approaches that help consumers better adopt protective behaviors in the face of privacy and security threats, as well as understanding the unique barriers faced by marginalized/vulnerable populations in protecting themselves. My CV is available here.

Selected Honors and Awards


  • Oct 2022 Attending and giving a talk at the Human and Societal Aspects in Computing Interdisciplinary Symposium hosted by MPI-SP. Looking forward to a great discussion!
  • Oct 2022 I am looking for Ph.D. students and research interns to join my group at MPI-SP. If you are interested, check out the group page for more details.
  • Aug 2022 I passed my dissertation oral defense! 😎
  • Aug 2022 Felt extremely honored and lucky to receive the 2022 John Karat Usable Privacy and Security Student Research Award.