Faculty Fellows

Dr. Patricia Aufderheide is a 2017 Fulbright Scholar at Queensland University of Technology, and University Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication at American University, and founder of the Center for Media & Social Impact, where she continues as Senior Research Fellow. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the School of International Service and the History department at American University. Her books include Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright (University of Chicago), with Peter Jaszi; Documentary: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford), The Daily Planet (University of Minnesota Press), and Communications Policy in the Public Interest (Guilford Press). She co-coordinates the Fair Use and Free Speech project at the Center with Prof. Peter Jaszi of the Washington College of Law. She has been a Fulbright and John Simon Guggenheim fellow and has served as a juror at the Sundance Film Festival. Aufderheide has received numerous journalism and scholarly awards, including the George Stoney award for service to documentary from the University Film and Video Association in 2015, a research award from the International Communication Association in 2011, Woman of Vision award from Women in Film and Video (DC) in 2010, a career achievement award in 2008 from the International Digital Media and Arts Association and the Scholarship and Preservation Award in 2006 from the International Documentary Association.

Dr. Erran Carmel is a tenured full Professor at the Information Technology department, Kogod School of Business at American University. In the 1990s he co-founded and led the program in Management of Global Information Technology. In 2005-2008 he was department Chair. In 2009 he was awarded the International Business Professorship and in 2012 he was named Kogod UPS Scholar. He has been a Visiting Professor at Haifa University (Israel), University College Dublin (Ireland), and at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile). In 2008 he was awarded the Orkand Endowed Chaired Professor at the University of Maryland University College. He teaches Information Technology (I.T.) and researches the globalization of technology work: crowdsourcing, impact sourcing, global software teams, and offshore outsourcing. He also leads the business school’s “Business in the Capital” initiative to play a larger role in regional businesses and in regional policy. In 2014-2016 Carmel was interim Dean of the Kogod School of Business. Carmel led the launching of two online programs, improved the schools rankings, launched two new centers, and raised more than 6 million dollars. He has written over 100 articles, reports, and manuscripts. He consults and speaks to industry and professional groups. For more on his research, speaking, and other activities, see his web page.

Jennifer Daskal is an Associate Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, where she teaches and writes in the fields of criminal, national security, and constitutional law. She is on academic leave from 2016-2017 and has received an Open Society Institute Fellowship to work on issues related to privacy and law enforcement access to data across borders. From 2009-2011, Daskal was counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the Department of Justice. Prior to joining DOJ, Daskal was senior counterterrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch, worked as a staff attorney for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and clerked for the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff. She also spent two years as a national security law fellow and adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center. Daskal is a graduate of Brown University, Harvard Law School, and Cambridge University, where she was a Marshall Scholar. Recent publications include Law Enforcement Access to Data Across Borders: The Evolving Security and Rights Issues (Journal of National Security Law and Policy 2016); The Un-Territoriality of Data (Yale Law Journal 2015); Pre-Crime Restraints: The Explosion of Targeted, Non-Custodial Prevention (Cornell Law Review 2014); and The Geography of the Battlefield: A Framework for Detention and Targeting Outside the ‘Hot’ Conflict Zone (University of Pennsylvania Law Review 2013). Daskal has published op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, and International Herald Tribune and has appeared on BBC, C-Span, MSNBC, and NPR, among other media outlets. She is an Executive Editor and a regular contributor to the Just Security blog.

Dr. Nathalie Japkowicz is a Professor of Computer Science at American University. She was previously with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa where she led the Laboratory for Research on Machine Learning for Defense and Security. Over the years, she has supervised over thirty graduate students, received funding from Canadian Federal and Provincial institutions (NSERC, DRDC, Health Canada, OCE, MITACS CITO), worked with private companies (Girih, Larus Technologies, Weather Telematics, TechInsights, Ciena)  and published over 100 articles, papers and books including Evaluating Learning Algorithms: A Classification Perspective, with Mohak Shah (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Big Data Analysis: New Algorithms for a New Society, with Jerzy Stefanowski (Springer, 2016).

Fernando Laguarda is Professorial Lecturer and Director of the Program on Law & Government at American University Washington College of Law. Previously, he served as Vice President, External Affairs and Policy Counselor for Time Warner Cable, where he helped the company develop and advance its policy positions, focusing on consumer protection, competition issues, intellectual property and telecommunications regulation. In 2010, Laguarda founded and served as inaugural Director of the Time Warner Cable Research Program on Digital Communications, the first program of its kind seeking to expand relevant scholarship in the cable and telecommunications industries. Laguarda is currently Chair of TPRC, the research conference on Internet, Telecommunications and Technology. He previously served as General Counsel and then as Board Chair of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, an appointed member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee, and as a member of numerous non-profit boards, including the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Corporate Alliance, the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, and the Harvard Alumni Association.

Dr. Gwanhoo Lee is Professor of Information Technology and Analytics at American University's Kogod School of Business. Professor Lee teaches digital leadership/strategy and edge of IT to undergraduate students and project management to MBA students. His primary research areas include digital innovation and digital transformation including the Internet of Things and digital health care, smart government, business model innovation, software development agility and complexity, project management, enterprise architecture, cybersecurity, and information privacy. He has consulted for the World Bank and worked closely with IT executives from large U.S. organizations including 3M, American Red Cross, AMTRAK, Cargill, CSC, Deloitte, Freddie Mac, GAO, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, IBM, Marriott, Medtronic, Northwest Airlines, Pfizer, and World Bank. He is currently an adviser to Samsung Economic Research Institute (SERI). His research has been published in MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, Communications of the ACM,Journal of Information Technology, Information & Management, Government Information Quarterly, Information Technology and People, Journal of Information Technology Management, IEEE Pervasive Computing, International Conference on Information Systems, Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Americas Conference on Information Systems, and Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. He was the runner-up for the best paper award for OCIS division in Academy of Management Meeting in 2007.

Tim Maurer is co-director of the Cyber Policy Initiative, a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and an adjunct instructor in the School of International Service at American University. Since 2010, his work has focused on cybersecurity, human rights in the digital age, and Internet governance, currently with a specific focus on cybersecurity and financial stability. He is a member of several U.S. track 1.5 cyber dialogues and the research advisory group of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace. Previously, he was part of the Freedom Online Coalition’s working group “An Internet Free and Secure” and the Research Advisory Network of the Global Commission on Internet Governance. He co-chaired the Advisory Board of the Global Conference on CyberSpace in The Hague and supported the OSCE’s cyber confidence-building efforts. His work has been published by Foreign Policy, CNN, Slate, Lawfare, Jane’s Intelligence Review, TIME, and other academic and media venues. Prior to joining Carnegie, Maurer was the director of the Global Cybersecurity Norms and Resilience Project at New America and head of research of New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. He also spent several years working with refugees and in the humanitarian field, including with the United Nations in Rwanda, Geneva, and New York. His recent book Cyber Mercenaries: The State, Hackers, and Power (Cambridge University Press, 2018) is a comprehensive study examining proxy relationships between states and hackers.

Dr. Kathryn Montgomery is Professor and Director of the Communication Studies Division in the School of Communication at American University. She is also founding Director of AU’s 3-year PhD program in Communication. Dr. Montgomery has written and published extensively about the role of media in society, addressing a variety of topics, including the politics of entertainment television; youth engagement with digital media; and contemporary advertising and marketing practices. In addition to numerous journal articles, chapters, and reports, she is author of two books: Target: Prime Time – Advocacy Groups and the Struggle over Entertainment Television (Oxford University Press, 1989); and Generation Digital: Politics, Commerce, and Childhood in the Age of the Internet (MIT Press, 2007). Before moving to Washington, D.C. in 1990, she taught television and media at the University of California, Los Angeles and California State University, Los Angeles. Throughout her career, Montgomery’s research, writing, and testimony have helped frame the national public policy debate on a range of critical media issues. From 1991-2003, she was co-founder and President of the nonprofit Center for Media Education, where she spearheaded a national campaign that led to the passage of the 1998 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the first federal legislation to protect children’s privacy on the Internet. She received her Ph.D. in 1979 from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Eric J. Novotny is the Hurst Adjunct Professorial Lecturer in the School of International Service at American University. He has been appointed Senior Advisor, Democracy and Technology, at the U.S. Agency for International Development. In this position, Dr. Novotny will be designing and managing a large portfolio of programs that use advanced information and communication technologies (ICTs) to stimulate economic growth, improve democratic processes, and reform governance policies in developing countries. Some of these efforts are stand-alone technology and governance projects while others will embed advanced ICTs in larger development projects in applied areas such as service delivery and critical infrastructure. USAID has assistance programs in 80 countries worldwide. He holds a B.A. in Political Science, and M.A. in Government, and a Ph.D. in International Relations from Georgetown University, as well as a M.Phil in Management Studies from Oxford.

Sasha Cohen O’Connell, PhD is a Professorial Lecturer & Executive in Residence in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology, School of Public Affairs, American University where she currently teaches cyber policy at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Additionally, she serves as the Director of the Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy Master’s program at American as well as a Senior Advisor in the National Security Sector of Guidehouse LLC (formerly PwC Public Sector) where she continues to engage with federal law enforcement agencies on issues of strategic concern. O'Connell's career in public service includes time in academia and the executive branch. She has spent the majority of her career at the FBI where she served most recently as the organization's Chief Policy Advisory, Science and Technology and as the Section Chief of Office of National Policy for the FBI's Deputy Director where she led policy engagement with the National Security Council on a wide breadth of issues. Among other roles, O'Connell ran the FBI's Strategy Management Office where she led implementation of the Balanced Scorecard for the FBI's Director and served as Chief of the Executive Staff for the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division where she led strategic planning, performance evaluation, training, and communications for the Bureau’s criminal programs. During her time at the FBI O'Connell focused her energy on enhancing strategic, risk-based decision making; driving cross-programmatic strategic initiatives; building partnerships across government and private sector; and driving strategic communications and outreach to enhance the public's understanding of the role of federal law enforcement. As a founding board member of #NatSecGirlSquad, Ms. O'Connell mentors women entering the national security and law enforcement space and advises organizations on matters related to enhancing diversity in the national security space. O’Connell holds a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College as well as an MPA and Doctorate in Public Administration from American University.

Dr. Saif Shahin is an assistant professor in communication studies at the School of Communication, American University. His scholarship focuses on critical data studies, social media studies, global media and politics, and media sociology, and is underpinned by a normative commitment to social justice. His research has been featured in high-impact peer-reviewed journals including Information, Communication & Society; Social Science Computer Review; American Behavioral Scientist; The International Journal of Press/Politics; and Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. His latest research looks at “big data” as a sociopolitical phenomenon, the interplay of emotion and cognition in digital discourses, and the technosociology of online identity construction. He works with qualitative, quantitative, and computational methods of research — including machine learning, social network analysis, and sentiment analysis. He previously worked as a journalist in India, England, and the Middle East, and continues to contribute commentaries and news analyses on current affairs to publications worldwide.

Dr. Aram Sinnreich is an Associate Professor at American University’s School of Communication, in the Communication Studies division. Sinnreich’s work focuses on the intersection of culture, law and technology, with an emphasis on subjects such as emerging media and music. He is the author of two books, Mashed Up (2010), and The Piracy Crusade (2013), and has written for publications including the New York Times, Billboard and Wired. Prior to coming to AU, Sinnreich served as Assistant Professor at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information, Director at media innovation lab OMD Ignition Factory, Managing Partner of media/tech consultancy Radar Research, Visiting Professor at NYU Steinhardt, and Senior Analyst at Jupiter Research. He is also a bassist and composer and has played with groups and artists including progressive soul collective Brave New Girl, dub-and-bass band Dubistry, and Ari-Up, lead singer of the Slits. Along with co-authors Dunia Best and Todd Nocera, Sinnreich was a finalist in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, in the jazz category.

Melanie Teplinsky is an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law (WCL) and serves on the advisory board of CrowdStrike, Inc., a next-generation cybersecurity technology company valued at over $1 billion.  Before joining WCL, Ms. Teplinsky practiced technology law at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where she counseled multinational clients on a wide array of cyberlaw issues including cybersecurity, data protection, and electronic surveillance. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Ms. Teplinsky has deep technical, legal, and policy experience in both the public and private sectors.  Pursuing her childhood passion for cryptography, Ms. Teplinsky began her career as an analyst at the National Security Agency when she was just sixteen. She went on to serve in a technical capacity at the Institute for Defense Analyses’ Center for Communications Research in Princeton, New Jersey; analyze U.S. encryption policy at NIST’s Computer Security Lab; and study networked technologies at SAIC’s Center for Information Strategy and Policy. During the Clinton Administration, Ms. Teplinsky served in the Executive Office of the President (EOP), tackling a wide variety of information technology policy issues. Today, Ms. Teplinsky writes and speaks extensively on cyberlaw and policy issues.  Her publications include law review articles, book chapters, op-eds, and numerous articles. Ms. Teplinsky is a Harry Truman National Scholarship recipient and served as a law clerk to the honorable Judge Rya W. Zobel in the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts (1999-2000 Term).