Professor Jennifer Daskal Selected as 2021 New America National Fellow

Sept. 15, 2020

Jennifer Daskal

Professor Jennifer Daskal, founder and faculty director of American University Washington College of Law’s Tech, Law and Security Program, has been selected as a 2021 New America National Fellow.

New America’s Fellows Program invests in thinkers—writers, scholars, filmmakers, and journalists—who generate big, bold ideas that have an impact and spark new conversations about the most pressing issues of today. The fellowship provides funding, community, platforms, and partnerships that help promote progress on significant projects including books, films, and articles. Daskal, ASU Future Security Fellow, is one of 10 talented individuals chosen this year from a pool of nearly 400 applicants.

Daskal teaches and writes in the fields of cyber, national security, criminal and constitutional law. Her current book project, The Right Way to Track and Censor, squarely confronts the multiplicity of harms being perpetuated online, the risks of quick fixes, and the need for affirmative, and rights-respecting, means of addressing them.

“The Class of 2021 is an exciting group of researchers, changemakers, and storytellers who bring a blend of powerful ideas and problem-solving talent to some of the most important policy issues of our time,” said New America CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter.

Daskal has written several award-winning articles about the challenges to rights and security posed by the digital revolution. Along with serving as executive editor of Just Security, she has published numerous op-eds, including in the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Atlantic, and has appeared on media outlets including BBC, C-Span, MSNBC, and NPR. Before joining AUWCL, Daskal worked as the counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the Department of Justice. Prior, Daskal served as senior counterterrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch, worked as a staff attorney for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and clerked for the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff.

Learn more about Daskal and the Tech, Law and Security Program here.