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About Me

Rachel Bleiman, M.A.

I am a 4th year PhD student in the Criminal Justice Program at Temple University working as a graduate research assistant under Dr. Aunshul Rege on her NSF SaTC EDU project, and I am a member of the CARE Lab research team. I founded and currently serve as the president of the Temple chapter of Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS). My research interests are within the privacy and security sector of cybersecurity. I have a particular interest in cybercrime, mis/disinformation, deepfakes, ransomware, social engineering, and online privacy. I have proficiency in statistical analysis using SPSS and Stata, and I have experience programming in Python, Java, R, and SQL.

Before joining the program, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with minors in Psychology and Information Science and Technology from Temple University in May 2020. During my undergraduate career, I worked with Dr. Aunshul Rege as a research assistant studying the social science perspective of cybersecurity. As part of my university honors program, I designed and implemented a research study on the effectiveness of social engineering tactics among college students. I am the recipient of multiple awards and honors, such as the LAURA Award, Livingstone Undergraduate Research Award (Social Sciences), NSF SaTC PI Meeting Undergraduate Travel Grant, CARAS Travel Grant, and Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society.