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Rashida Richardson

Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science

Wesleyan University, BA 2008
Northeastern University School of Law, JD 2011

Professor Richardson is on leave to serve as SeniorPolicy Advisor for Data and Democracy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Rashida Richardson joined the Northeastern University faculty in 2021 as assistant professor of law and political science within the School of Law and the Department of Political Science within the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. She specializes in race, emerging technologies and the law and is a senior fellow in the Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative at the German Marshall Fund. Richardson’s research focuses on the social and civil rights implications of data-driven technologies, including artificial intelligence, and develops policy interventions and regulatory strategies regarding data-driven technologies, government surveillance, racial discrimination and the technology sector.

Richardson previously served as a visiting scholar at Rutgers Law School and Rutgers Institute for Information Policy and Law and as director of policy research at New York University’s AI Now Institute, legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union of New York and staff attorney at the Center for HIV Law and Policy. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lacuna Technologies, Board of Trustees of Wesleyan University, the Advisory Board of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, the Board of Directors of the College & Community Fellowship, Advisory Council of Foxglove, Advisory Board for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, Advisory Board for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and she is an affiliate and Advisory Board member of the Center for Critical Race + Digital Studies. She received her BA with honors in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University and her JD from Northeastern University School of Law.

Fields of Expertise

  • Civil Rights
  • Data Governance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Law and Technology
  • Public Interest Advocacy
  • Privacy Law and Policy
  • Race and Racism and the Law
  • Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Social Justice
  • Technology
  • Technology and Society (STS)
  • Technology Policy

Selected Works