Michael Clarkson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Previously he was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University. He received a PhD in computer science from Cornell University in 2010, a MS in computer science from Cornell in 2004, a BS in systems analysis from Miami University in 1999, and a BM in music performance from Miami in 1999.

Clarkson's research interests include computer security and programming languages. His work focuses on using principled techniques to define security and to construct secure systems. He is the recipient of an Air Force Young Investigators Award (YIP).

Clarkson is the lead creator of the Civitas voting system. He served as a member of a security review team commissioned by the Florida Division of Elections for an Internet voting pilot project.