Staff

Dr. Kenneth Merrill is Associate Director of the Internet Governance Lab. He holds a PhD in communication from American University’s School of Communication. His research focuses on the geopolitics of Internet governance, digital media and technology policy, cyber security, infrastructure studies, and science and technology studies. He holds a M.A. in media studies from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a B.A. in foreign affairs from The University of Virginia. His work has appeared in both academic and popular press. Most recently, he authored a chapter for the edited volume The Turn to Infrastructure in Internet Governance (2016). Before pursuing his graduate studies, he worked as an editorial assistant at Home Miami Magazine. He received the 2011 David Rubin First Amendment Prize, the 2011 Catherine L. Covert Research Award for best scholarly paper in mass communications, the 2011 S.I. Newhouse School Graduate Masters Prize, and a 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Grant from American University.


Ms. Maya Aguilar is Director of Communications and Operations at the Internet Governance Lab. She is also affiliated with the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). She manages strategic communications, event planning and operations, and cultivates cross-campus and external partnerships. Her communications portfolio includes: branding; marketing and outreach campaigns; social media engagement; print and digital publications development; and media relations. She has extensive experience planning and executing high-level events nationally and internationally. Ms. Aguilar has served Washington, DC’s nonprofit sector since 2005. Beginning as an AmeriCorps volunteer, she has worked at education, public health, and international development nonprofit organizations performing communications, marketing, and public relations work. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, and a M.A. in Public Communication from American University’s School of Communication.