My name is Ari Ezra Waldman. Thanks for visiting my website!
I am a law professor, a writer, and an all-around nerd.
I am an associate professor of law and Director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School. I have a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard College.
I study how the law affects online social life, with particular focus on privacy, information policy, and cyberharassment. In particular, I research what motivates us to share information online, what can happen to our shared information, and the dangers that can result from such sharing. I combine empirical/quantitative methods with theory/legal analysis. My dissertation, which I am turning into a book to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017, asked: Can we protect as private information already known to others? I argue that we can, and that the way to do it is through sociological principles of trust.
My scholarship has been published in leading law reviews, including the Iowa Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, the Hastings Law Journal, the University of Maryland Law Review, the University of Miami Law Review, and the Temple Law Review, among others. I write, speak, and comment widely in local and national news on issues related to privacy and cyberharassment.
I serve on the Board of Trustees of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, which is working hard to create safe learning environments for all students, to eradicate antigay harassment and cyberbullying, and to ensure a safe internet for all. It is a privilege to work with the Clementi family, help run the Foundation, and develop programs to raise money to realize our vision. To that end, I have founded and run a first-of-its-kind initiative at New York Law School called the Tyler Clementi Institute for CyberSafety. Among other things, the Institute includes the only law school clinic that will represent victims of cyberharassment for free!
And, because law professors are people too, I have interests outside of class. I love dogs and love to travel. I’m an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor and I teach a fitness class a couple of times a week. It’s super fun! Check it out.