Cybersecurity is the great human rights issue of our time, powerfully shaping privacy, speech, human safety, national security, and the digital economy.
— Laura DeNardis

Dr. Laura E. DeNardis (L.E.D) is a scholar of Internet architecture and governance and a tenured Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C.  Dr. DeNardis is currently an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar in the Faculty of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She is an affiliated fellow of the Yale Information Society Project at Yale Law School and served as its Executive Director from 2008-2011. Professor DeNardis was the recipient of American University’s highest faculty honor - Scholar-Teacher of the Year - in 2018.

Her expertise and scholarship has been featured in BloombergScience Magazine, The Economist, National Public Radio (NPR), New York Times, NewsweekTime Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Slate Magazine, Reuters, Forbes, the Washington Times, El Pais, La Repubblica, The Atlantic, and the Wall Street Journal.


With a background in information engineering and doctoral training in Science and Technology Studies, DeNardis is an expert adviser in Internet governance and architecture to Fortune 500 companies, foundations, and government agencies. DeNardis has more than twenty years of experience in strategic Internet architecture consulting. She is an appointed member of the US State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy.

DeNardis served as the Director of Research for the Global Commission on Internet Governance.

She is a co-founder and co-series editor of the MIT Press Information Society book series. She has previously taught at New York University, in the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University, and at Yale Law School.

During the fast-paced Internet growth years of the 1990s, she was the President of Internet strategy consultancy Atlantic Consulting Group (Falls Church, VA) and previously worked as a computer networking management consultant for Ernst & Young's global information technology practice from 1989-1994.

Her six books include The Internet in Everything: Freedom and Security in a World with No Off Switch (Yale University Press 2020), 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); The Turn to Infrastructure in Internet Governance (Palgrave 2015) and Information Technology in Theory (2007).

Laura DeNardis holds an A.B. in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College; a Master of Engineering from Cornell University; a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech (Phi Kappa Phi); and was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School.

She resides in Washington, D.C.

Professor Laura DeNardis lecturing in the Media Innovation Lab

Professor Laura DeNardis lecturing in the Media Innovation Lab

Professor DeNardis teaches courses primarily in the doctoral program in Communication and, in particular, seminars in: Advanced Research and Project Development; Media Law and Policy; and Media, Technology & Democracy. She currently serve on eight doctoral committees, chairing five. Her Ph.D. students have conducted original digital technology policy research on issues such as privacy and information intermediaries, cyberbullying, digital standards and culture, LGBT issues and Internet governance, media censorship in Turkey, information and communication technology policy in Cuba, ccTLDs and the geopolitics of domain name registration, Internet governance in India, and the politics of interconnection and Internet exchange points (IXPs). Professor DeNardis has also taught at the masters level, including a graduate class on Global Internet Policy and Society and created a new course entitled Digital Media and Culture that has since become a foundational course for the Communication Studies undergraduate program. She previously taught at New York University and Yale Law School.