Adjunct Professorial Lecturer
School of International Service
In his "day job", Dr. M. Chris Riley works on Internet Freedom programs in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the Department of State. Under the Internet Freedom portfolio, he manages the review of grant proposals on technology development, digital safety training, and advocacy and research, and engages in ongoing oversight of grant recipients. He also regularly serves as an advisor on computer and network technology issues that arise in policy and legal analysis. Prior to joining the State Department, Chris worked as a Policy Counsel at the non-profit public interest organization Free Press in Washington, D.C., focusing on FCC and Congressional advocacy and analysis on wireless and Internet policy issues. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He has published scholarship on topics including innovation policy, cognitive framing, graph drawing, and distributed load balancing.