Denise L. Anthony

Academic Appointments

Professor of Sociology
Faculty Affiliate and past Director, Institute for Security, Technology, & Society
Faculty Affiliate, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

Denise Anthony, is Professor and past-Chair (2007-11) in the Department of Sociology at Dartmouth College. She is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine, and a faculty affiliate at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. From 2014-17 she was Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives. From 2008-2013 she was Research Director of the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS) at Dartmouth:

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Dr. Anthony’s work explores issues of cooperation, trust and privacy in a variety of settings, from health care delivery to micro-credit borrowing groups to online groups such as Wikipedia and Her current work examines the use of information technology in health care, including effects on quality, on the organization of health care, as well as the implications for the privacy and security of protected health information. 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 Association, Health Affairs, and IEEE Pervasive Computing.

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111 Parkhurst Hall
HB 6104
Quantitative Social Science
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
B.A. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.A. University of Connecticut
Ph.D. University of Connecticut

Selected Publications

Anthony, Denise L., Celeste Campos-Castillo, Christine Horne. Forthcoming/2017. “Toward a Sociology of Privacy.” Annual Review of Sociology, volume 43, 2017 edition.

Kuwabara, Ko, Denise L. Anthony, Christine Horne. Forthcoming/2017. “In the Shade of a Forest: Status, Reputation, and Ambiguity in an Online Microcredit Market." Social Science Research.

Anthony, Denise L. and Timothy Stablein. 2016. “Privacy in Practice: Professional discourse about information control in health care.” Journal of Health Organisations and Management. 30(2):207-226.

Davis, Matthew A., Denise L. Anthony, Scott D. Pauls. 2015. “Seeking and receiving social support on Facebook for surgery.” Social Science and Medicine 131:40 – 47.

Anthony, Denise, Timothy Stablein, and Emily K. Carian. 2015. “Big Brother in the Information Age.” IEEE Security & Privacy 13(4):12-19.

Stablein, Timothy, Joseph Hall, Chauna Pervis and Denise L. Anthony. 2015. “Negotiating Stigma in Health Care: Disclosure and the Role of Electronic Health Records.” Health Sociology Review. 

Anthony, Denise, Celeste Campos-Castillo. 2015. “A Looming Digital Divide? Group Differences in the Perceived Importance of Electronic Health Records” Information, Communication, and Society 18(7): 832-846.

Campos-Castillo, Celeste, Denise Anthony. 2014. “The double-edged sword of electronic health records: implications for patient disclosure.” Journal of American Medical Informatics Association. Published Online First: 24 July 2014 http://doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2014-002804

Roberto Hoyle, Robert Templeman, Denise Anthony, David Crandall, and Apu Kapadia. 2015. “Sensitive Lifelogs: A privacy analysis of photos from wearable cameras.” CHI 2015, April 18 - 23, 2015, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Anthony, Denise, Ajit Appari, M. Eric Johnson. 2014. “Institutionalizing HIPAA Compliance: Organizations and Competing Logics in U.S. Healthcare" Journal of Health & Social Behavior. 55(1):108 - 124. http://doi:10.1177/0022146513520431

Roberto Hoyle, Robert Templeman, Steven Armes, Denise Anthony, David Crandall, and Apu Kapadia. 2014. "Privacy Behaviors of Lifeloggers using Wearable Cameras". The ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp '14), Seattle, WA, USA, September 13–17, 2014.

David, MA, CS Haney, WB Weeks, BE Sirovich, DL Anthony. 2014. “Did You Hear the One about the Doctor? An Examination of Doctor Jokes Posted on Facebook.” Journal of Medical Internet Research. 16(2):e41 http://doi:10.2196/jmir.2797

Appari, Ajit, M. Eric Johnson, and Denise L Anthony. 2012. “Meaningful Use of EHR Systems and Process Quality of Care: Evidence from a Panel Data Analysis of US Acute-Care Hospitals.” Health Services Research . http://doi:10.1111/j.1475-6773.2012.01448.x

Appari, Ajit, Emily K Carian, M Eric Johnson, Denise L Anthony. 2011. “Medication administration quality and health information technology: a national study of US hospitals.” Journal of American Medical Informatics Association . 19 (3): 360-367. doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2011-000289

Anthony, Denise L, Sean W Smith, Timothy Williamson. 2009.Reputation and Reliability in Collective Goods: The case of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. Rationality and Society 21(3): 283-306.

Anthony DL, Herndon MB, Gallagher PM, Barnato AE, Gottlieb D, Bynum JPW, Fisher ES, Skinner JS. 2009.How much do patient preferences contribute to resource utilization? Health Affairs 28(3): 864-71.

Fowler, FJ, PM Gallagher, DL Anthony, K Larsen, JS Skinner. 2008.The Relationship between Regional per Capita Medicare Expenditures and Patient Perceptions of Quality of Care. Journal of American Medical Association 299(20):2406-2412

Anthony, Denise, David Kotz, Tristan Henderson. 2007.Privacy in Location Aware Computing Environments. IEEE Pervasive Computing 6(4): 64-72.

Anthony, Denise. 2005. “Cooperation in Micro-Credit Borrowing Groups: Identity, Sanctions and Reciprocity in the Production of Collective Goods,” American Sociological Review 70:496-515.

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Works in progress

Privacy perceptions and implications of Health Information Technologies

Trustworthy Information Systems in Healthcare (TISH) (NSF-CNS-0910842)

Strategic Healthcare Information Technology Advanced Research Projects on Security (SHARPS): Exploring the policy arena

Privacy in Context: Understanding user privacy behavior (I3P)

Selected works and activities

$1.2M NSF Award to Study Privacy in the Context of Wearable Cameras

PI Denise Anthony, along with Co-PIs Apu Kapadia and David Crandall at Indiana University, has received a four-year $1.2M collaborative NSF award to study privacy in the context of wearable cameras. The ubiquity of cameras, both traditional and wearable, will soon create a new era of visual sensing applications, raising significant implications for individuals and society, both beneficial and hazardous. This research couples a sociological understanding of privacy with an investigation of technical mechanisms to address these issues. 

Read more about this grant.