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Laura DeNardis Professor School of Communication

Degrees
PhD in Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech, MEng, Cornell University, and AB in Engineering Science, Dartmouth College

Bio
Dr. Laura DeNardis is a globally recognized Internet governance scholar and Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC. She also serves as Faculty Director of the Internet Governance Lab at American University. Dr. DeNardis served as Interim Dean of the School of Communication from 2019 to 2021. In 2020, Wired UK listed her as one of 32 Global Innovators Building a Better Future. Her seven books include The Internet in Everything: Freedom and Security in a World with No Off Switch (Yale University Press 2020), listed in the Financial Times Best Technology Books of 2020. Her other books include The Global War for Internet Governance (Yale University Press 2014); Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability (MIT Press 2011); Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance (MIT Press 2009); and Researching Internet Governance (MIT Press 2020); among others. With a background in information engineering and a doctorate in Science and Technology Studies (STS), her research studies the social and political implications of Internet technical architecture and governance. She is an affiliated fellow of the Yale Law School Information Society Project and served as its Executive Director from 2008-2011. She previously served as an adjunct Senior Research Scholar in the faculty of international and public affairs at Columbia University and is a frequent keynote speaker at the world’s most prestigious universities and institutions. An award-winning professor, in 2018 she was the recipient of American University's highest faculty honor, Scholar-Teacher of the Year. She has received awards for mentorship of doctoral students, and for support of LGBTQ students. Her expertise and scholarship have been featured in Science Magazine, the Washington Post, The Economist, National Public Radio (NPR), New York Times, Time Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Slate Magazine, Reuters, Forbes, El Pais, La Repubblica, The Atlantic, and the Wall Street Journal. Dr. DeNardis served as the Director of Research for the Global Commission on Internet Governance from 2014-2016. Domestically, she served as an appointed member of the U.S. Department of State's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy (ACICIP), during the Obama Administration. She has more than two decades of experience as an expert consultant in Internet governance to Fortune 500 companies, foundations, and government agencies. She holds an AB in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College, an MEng from Cornell University, a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech, and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from Yale Law School.

For more information visit lauradenardis.org

For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

Teaching

Spring 2021

  • COMM-898 Doctoral Continuing Enrollment

  • COMM-899 Doctoral Dissertation

Fall 2021

  • COMM-704 Media, Technology & Democracy

  • COMM-898 Doctoral Continuing Enrollment

  • COMM-899 Doctoral Dissertation

Partnerships & Affiliations

AU Experts

Area of Expertise

Internet governance and policies; Internet architecture; net neutrality, cybersecurity, Internet standardization, ICANN, the FCC, Big tech, social media, misinformation

Additional Information

Laura DeNardis is a globally recognized Internet governance scholar whose research addresses the social and political implications of Internet design and policy. Her books include: Information Technology in Theory (2007); Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance (2009); Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability (2011); and a forthcoming book, Global Internet Governance to be published by the Yale University Press. She is a fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School and the vice chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network. She was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale Law School.

For the Media

To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

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