Faculty Directory


Harvard College, AB 2002
Harvard Law School, JD 2005
Columbia University, MA 2013
Columbia University, PhD 2015


Professor Ari Ezra Waldman, a leading authority on law, technology and society, is a professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University. He directs the School of Law's Center for Law, Information and Creativity (CLIC). Professor Waldman studies how law and technology affect marginalized populations, with particular focus on privacy, misinformation and the LGBTQ+ community.

Professor Waldman is a widely published scholar, including two books, Privacy As Trust: Information Privacy for an Information Age (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and Industry Unbound: The Inside Story of Privacy, Data, and Corporate Power (Cambridge University Press, 2021), and more than 35 articles published or forthcoming in leading law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, including the Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, and Law & Social Inquiry, Big Data & Society, and the Journal of Business Ethics, among others. He has also written for the popular press, publishing in The New York Times, Slate, New York Daily News and The Advocate, among others, and serves on the editorial board of Law & Social Inquiry (LSI), a peer-reviewed journal that publishes work on sociolegal issues across multiple disciplines, including anthropology, criminology, economics, history, law, philosophy, political science, sociology and social psychology.
Professor Waldman has won numerous awards, fellowships and research grants for his scholarship. He was named one of 2020’s Top Fifty Thinkers by Prospect magazine, alongside heads of state, leading social justice advocates and renowned scholars. Professor Waldman won the Best Paper Award at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference twice, in 2017 and 2019; the Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award in 2019; and the Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Award in 2016 and 2019. He gave the 2018 Deirdre G. Martin Memorial Lecture on Privacy at the University of Ottawa in 2018. In 2019, he was awarded a Belfer Fellowship from the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Democracy and Technology for research into technology-facilitated intimate partner violence and received a competitive research grant from the Knight Foundation. In 2022, he was selected as one of a handful of Humanities Center Fellows from across Northeastern University.
Professor Waldman is also a recognized leader in his field. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2019 and serves on the board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). In 2020, he was elected chair of the Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC), the largest academic conference in the field of law and technology. During his first three-year term, Professor Waldman has focused on making PLSC more affordable, as well as standardizing policies and building an anti-subordination/anti-racism law and technology community.
He is also the founder of @Legally_Queer, a social media project that educates the public about the history, present and future of LGBTQ freedom. Providing accessible summaries and context to LGBTQ cases and laws decided or enacted “on this date in history,” Legally Queer seeks to engage both the LGBTQ community and the general public in the role of the courts in equality and social justice.
Professor Waldman was previously the Microsoft Visiting Professor at the Center for Information Technology Policy and visiting professor at the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and served as a professor of law at New York Law School, where he was the founding director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology. He has also served as a visiting professor at Brooklyn Law School and Fordham University School of Law. He clerked for Judge Scott W. Stucky at the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He holds a PhD in sociology from Columbia University, a JD from Harvard Law School and an AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard College.

Fields of Expertise

  • Constitutional Law
  • Data Security
  • First Amendment
  • Law and Society
  • Law and Technology
  • LGBTQ Law
  • Privacy Law and Policy
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sociology of Law
  • Technology

Selected Works

Ari E. Waldman

Professor of Law and Computer Science and Faculty Director, Center for Law, Information and Creativity (CLIC)


120 Knowles
416 Huntington Avenue
@AriEzraWaldman ariewaldman.com Curriculum Vitae SSRN Author Page