Marcella Hastings [pgp]

DSL, Moore 102
200 South 33rd Street
Philadelphia PA, 19104



I am a fifth-year PhD student in the Distributed Systems Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. My advisor is Nadia Heninger. I spent summer 2019 at Boston University, working with SAIL on JIFF, a framework for secure multiparty computation.

My research interests are broadly in constructive aspects of computer security. My thesis work with Brett Hemenway focuses on secure multi-party computation and the transition from a theoretical construct into a practical tool for privacy preserving data computations.


The Proof is in the Pudding: Proofs of Work for Solving Discrete Logarithms Marcella Hastings, Nadia Heninger, and Eric Wustrow. FC 2019.

SoK: General Purpose Frameworks for Secure Multi-Party Computation. Marcella Hastings, Brett Hemenway, Daniel Noble, and Steve Zdancewic. Oakland 2019. [IEEE]

Measuring small subgroup attacks against Diffie-Hellman. Luke Valenta, David Adrian, Antonio Sanso, Shaanan Cohney, Joshua Fried, Marcella Hastings, J. Alex Halderman, and Nadia Heninger. NDSS 2017.

Weak keys remain widespread in network devices. Marcella Hastings, Joshua Fried, and Nadia Heninger. IMC 2016. [ACM] [slides].


I've been a teaching assistant for many courses at the University of Pennsylvania and Tufts University.

I developed coursework for the computer science workshop portion of GEMS 2017, a summer camp for middle-school girls interested in engineering, math, and science.


A variety of research and non-research projects can be found on my Github page, including general notes, teaching materials, and an assortment of half-finished hackathon projects.

My hobbies include powerlifting and fabric engineering.