I am a researcher, writer and advocate with a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from American University’s School of Communication. I have extensive research experience on social justice issues, as well as on tech policy and human rights. I am currently using my research and writing experience to consult non-profit organizations on issues related to social justice and tech policy. Previously, I served as a research analyst with Ranking Digital Rights, housed at New America, where I helped create standards and best practices to determine the extent to which global Internet and telecommunications companies respect human rights. I also had the opportunity to serve as a research fellow with the LGBT Technology Partnership and Institute where I wrote a White Paper on the technology needs of homeless LGBTQ youth. Based on this paper, the organization developed a pilot program that places free cellphones in the hands of homeless LGBTQ youth.
With the guidance of my dissertation chair, Prof. Laura DeNardis and my committee members, Prof. Kathryn Montgomery, Prof. Deen Freelon and Prof. Jessie Daniels (CUNY, Public Health, Sociology and Critical Psychology), I wrote my dissertation on Internet policy and LGBTQ expression online.
In my free time, I am working on my first book based on my experience living in Ohio and San Francisco during the early Obama years and the change I witnessed for the LGBTQ community. I also serve on the Steering Committee for the Human Rights Campaign in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. As a co-chair for the Community Engagement subcommittee, I plan and oversee local efforts to advance equality.
I am always excited to meet new people, so please feel free to say hello through Email or Twitter (@AndreaHackl_DC).