Dr. Laura DeNardis

Laura-DeNardis-webDr. Laura DeNardis is a globally recognized Internet governance scholar and a Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC. Her 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 Information Technology in Theory (Thompson 2007 with Pelin Aksoy). 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 is a Senior Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and a frequent keynote speaker at the world’s most prestigious universities and institutions. She has previously taught at New York University and Yale Law School.

Her expertise and scholarship has been featured in Science Magazine, 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 currently holds an international appointment as the Director of Research for the Global Commission on Internet Governance. Domestically, she is an appointed member of the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy (ACICIP). 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.


Laura DeNardis, “The Social Media Challenge to Internet Governance,” in William Dutton and Mark Graham, eds., Society and the Internet: How Information and Social Networks are Changing Our Lives. Oxford University Press 2014.

Laura DeNardis, “The Internet Design Struggle between Security and Anonymity,” Charles Baggage Institute Computer Security History Workshop, University of Minnesota, July 11, 2014.

Laura DeNardis and Mark Raymond, “Thinking Clearly about Multistakeholder Internet Governance,” Eighth Annual Conference of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) in Bali, Indonesia, October 21, 2013.

Laura DeNardis, “The Cyber-Espionage X-Files,” in the journal Science, Volume 342, no. 6156: 313. October 18, 2013. (A review of Ronald J. Deibert, Black Code: Inside the Battle for Cyberspace).

Laura DeNardis, “Internet Points of Control as Global Governance,” Centre for International Governance Innovation, CIGI Internet Governance Papers, Paper No. 2, August 2013. Laura DeNardis, “Multistakeholderism and the Internet Governance Challenge to Democracy,” Harvard International Review, Vol. XXXIV, Issue 4, Spring 2013.

Laura DeNardis, “e-Government Acquisition Processes in the US, EU, India, and Japan,” National Academy of Sciences Research Report for NAS project “Intellectual Property Management in Standard-Setting Processes,” 2012.

Laura DeNardis, “The Social Stakes of Interoperability,” in the Journal Science, Volume 337, no. 6101: 1454-1455. September 21, 2012. (Invited review of John Palfrey and Urs Gasser, Interop).

Laura DeNardis, “Governance at the Internet’s Core: The Geopolitics of Interconnection and Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) in Emerging Markets,” Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC), 2012.

Laura DeNardis, “The Emerging Field of Internet Governance,” in William Dutton, editor, Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Laura DeNardis, “Hidden Levers of Internet Control: An Infrastructure-Based Theory of Internet Governance,” Journal of Information, Communication & Society, Volume 15, Issue 3: 1-19, February 2012.

Laura DeNardis, “e-Governance Policies for Interoperability and Open Standards,” Policy and Internet, Volume 2, Issue 3, Article 6: 129-164, 2010.

Laura DeNardis, “The Privatization of Internet Governance,” Fifth Annual Meeting of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network in Vilnius, Lithuania, September 2010.

Laura DeNardis, “The Global Politics of Interoperability,” in Gaelle Krikorian and Amy Kapcznski, editors, Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property. Cambridge: Zone Books, 2010.

Laura DeNardis, “Open Standards and Global Politics,” International Journal of Communications Law & Policy, Issue 13, Special Internet Governance Edition, Winter 2008-2009.

Laura DeNardis, “IPv6: Standards Controversies around the Next Generation Internet,” in Ian Inkster, Graeme Gooday, and James Sumner, editors, History of Technology, Vol. 28. London: Continuum, 2008.


Laura DeNardis, The Global War for Internet Governance. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014.

Laura DeNardis, editor, Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2011.

Laura DeNardis, Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2009. Information Revolution and Global Politics Book Series.

Laura DeNardis, co-authored with Pelin Aksoy, Information Technology in Theory. Boston: Thomson, 2007.

Book currently under contract. The Internet: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press)