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 2018, asked: Can we protect as private information already known to others? I argue that we can, and that the way to do it is by thinking about privacy through the lens of trust.
My scholarship has been, or will soon be, published in leading law reviews, including the Cornell Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, the Hastings Law Journal, the 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 am the founder and director of the Institute for CyberSafety at New York Law School, which included, among other things, the only law school clinic that represents victims of cyberharassment for free! My students and I are also working on a multi-year research project on the connection between bullying laws and policies and LGBTQ student outcomes, health, and safety.
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.