Laura DeNardis

Laura DeNardis is an American author and a globally recognized scholar of Internet governance and technical infrastructure. She is a tenured Professor and the Interim Dean in the School of Communication at American University. DeNardis is an affiliated Fellow of the Yale Information Society Project at Yale Law School and served as its Executive Director from 2008-2011. She previously served as a Senior Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Director of Research for the Global Commission on Internet Governance. With a background in information technology engineering and a doctorate in Science and Technology Studies (STS), her research studies the social and political implications of Internet technical architecture and governance. Domestically, she served as an appointed member of the U.S. Department of State 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.

Her expertise and scholarship have been featured in Science Magazine, The Economist, NPR, New York Times, ABC news, Bloomberg, Time Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Slate, Reuters, Forbes, The Atlantic, the Globe and Mail, Investor’s Business Daily, and The Wall Street Journal.

In 2015 Laura DeNardis was elected as a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC.

Books in order of publication:


  • Information Technology in Theory (Thompson, 2007)
  • Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance (MIT Press, 2009)
  • Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability (MIT Press, 2011)
  • The Global War for Internet Governance (Yale University Press, 2014)
  • The Turn to Infrastructure in Internet Governance (Palsgrave, 2016)
  • Researching Internet Governance: Methods, Frameworks, Futures (MIT Press 2020)
  • The Internet in Everything (Yale University Press, 2020)
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