Laura Mateczun

JD, PhD Candidate in Public Policy, University of Maryland-Baltimore County

About Laura

Mateczun's research focuses on local government cybersecurity, environmental and disaster housing case law, criminal justice reform, and healthcare policy. Overarching themes in Mateczun's research include equity, fairness, and the use of mixed-methods to depict complex realities. Mateczun is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and Baltimore City Bar Association. Mateczun has consulted with local Baltimore theaters on crisis management, codes of conduct, and intellectual property.


In the News

Opinion: "UMBC: Prioritizing Cybersecurity Critical for Local Governments," Laura Mateczun (with Donald F. Norris), The Baltimore Sun, September 3, 2019.
Opinion: "Local Governments’ Cybersecurity Crisis in 8 Charts," Laura Mateczun (with Donald Norris and Anupam Joshi and Tim Finin), The Conversation, April 30, 2018.


"Hidden Figures. A Film by Theodore Melfi." Journal of Health and Human Experience 3, no. 2 (2017): 152-57.

Film review of Hidden Figures and the importance of diversity and inclusion in STEM, especially in supporting women of color.

"Internal Documents – Theater X Code of Conduct." in Making Spaces Safer: A Guide to Giving Harassment the Boot Wherever You Work, Play, and Gather, edited by Shawna Potter (AK Press, 2019), 199-208.

Explores code of conduct for theater board, officers, and actors.

"Film Review: Terra Firma: A Film About Women, War and Healing. A Documentary Film by Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson" (with Kelly Cressman). Journal of Health and Human Experience, 1(2): 1, no. 2 (2015): 175-80.

Film review of Terra Firma, a documentary about military members who continue service to their communities through farming.

"Cyberattacks at the Grass Roots: American Local Governments and the Need for High Levels of Cybersecurity" (with Donald Norris, Anupam Joshi, and and Tim Finin). Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 15, no. 3 (2018): 14.

Results of focus group of local government cybersecurity managers, finding constant attacks, with technology well in hand, but little awareness or support from end users or in terms of funding.

"Cyberattacks at the Grass Roots: American Local Governments and the Need for High Levels of Cybersecurity" (with Donald F. Norris and Anupam Joshi and Tim Finin). Public Administration Review (2019).

Analyzes the first ever nationwide survey of local government cybersecurity, we found they are under constant cyberattack.