About ITLP

We are dedicated to cross-disciplinary research in established and emerging technologies.

The UCLA Institute for Technology, Law & Policy is a collaboration between the UCLA School of Law and the Samueli School of Engineering whose mission is to foster research and analysis to ensure that new technologies are developed, implemented and regulated in ways that are socially beneficial, equitable, and accountable.

Our Team

Nikita Aggarwal

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Nikita researches and teaches in the areas of financial regulation, law and technology, and consumer law.

Barbara Chen

Communications Lead

Barbara is a veteran communications professional with multi-disciplinary, mission-driven experience in higher ed, public sector, civic engagement and social justice organizations.

Michael Karanicolas

Executive Director

Michael has ten years of experience in civil society, working projects connected to freedom of expression, transparency, and digital rights.

Alexandra Mata

Program Coordinator

Alexandra is a seasoned administrator with several years of experience within higher ed institutions.

Mark McKenna

Faculty Co-director

Professor Mark P. McKenna teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property and privacy law.

Courtney Radsch

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Radsch’s research and work are informed by a commitment to human rights and ensuring the sustainability of independent media.

Mark Verstraete

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Mark's research assesses how emerging technology and the information society reshape private law concepts.

John Villasenor

Faculty Co-Director

Professor Villasenor’s work addresses the intersection of technology, law, and policy, with a focus on topics including digital communications, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and privacy.

Alessia Zornetta

Student Researcher & SJD Candidate

Alessia is particularly interested in technology and its implications with the law.

Affiliated Faculty

Clarice Aiello

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Clarice is an expert on nanosensors harnessing room-temperature quantum effects in noisy environments.

Alex Alben

Lecturer in Law

Alex Alben teaches Privacy, Data & Cybsersecurity at the UCLA School of Law. He has previously taught Internet Law and Privacy courses at both UCLA and the University of Washington law school. For most of his career, Alex served as a senior executive for pioneering Internet companies RealNetworks and Starwave Corporation, where he created new digital media products that enabled the distribution of video and music on the Internet and worked with industry groups to devise new content distribution models.

Richard L. Hasen

Professor of Law and Political Science

Professor Richard L. Hasen is an internationally recognized expert in election law, writing as well in the areas of legislation and statutory interpretation, remedies, and torts.

Achuta Kadambi

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science

Research and Teaching Interests: Computational Imaging, Computer Vision, Robotics, Machine Learning, Medical Devices

Jerry Kang

Distinguished Professor of Law

Professor Kang's teaching and research interests include civil procedure, race, and communications. On race, he has focused on the nexus between implicit bias and the law, with the goal of increasing "behavioral realism" in legal analysis.

Prineha Narang

Associate Professor and Howard Reiss Chair in Physical Sciences

Before starting on the Harvard faculty in 2017, Dr. Narang was an Environmental Fellow at HUCE, and worked as a research scholar in condensed matter theory in the Department of Physics at MIT. She received an M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech

Neil W. Netanel

Pete Kameron Professor of Law

Neil Netanel teaches and writes in the areas of copyright, free speech, international intellectual property, and media and the future of democracy.


Ted Parson

Dan and Rae Emmett Professor of Environmental Law

Parson studies international environmental law and policy, the societal impacts and governance of disruptive technologies including geoengineering and artificial intelligence, and the political economy of regulation.

Nanyun (Violet) Peng

Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Professor Peng's research goals aim to build robust and generalizable Natural Language Processing (NLP) tools that lower the communication barriers and enable AI agents to become companions for humans

Andrew Selbst

Assistant Professor of Law

Selbst’s research examines the relationship between law, technology, and society.

Xiyin Tang

Assistant Professor of Law

Xiyin Tang is an Assistant Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. She has previously served as a lead counsel for Facebook and an associate at Mayer Brown LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, where she worked on a variety of transactional and litigation matters in the technology, media, and entertainment sectors.


Yuan Tian

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor Tian’s interests include security and privacy, cyber-physical systems, machine learning and human-computer interaction.

Eugene Volokh

Gary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law

Eugene Volokh teaches First Amendment law and a First Amendment amicus brief clinic at UCLA School of Law.

Sanford Williams

Lecturer in Law

Sanford S. Williams is a Lecturer in Law at UCLA School of Law. and will teach Lawyering in Administrative Agencies - Current Issues at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He has worked at the FCC since 1999, and is currently both a Special Advisor to FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel and a Deputy Managing Director of the FCC.


Lixia Zhang

Distinguished Professor of Computer Science

My mission is to help the Internet grow.

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