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 providing research and writing services for non-profit organizations and academic institutions working on tech policy and human rights issues. Currently, I am working on a project on international human rights standards for the National Center for Free Speech & Civic Engagement at UC Irvine. Recently, I also provided research services for the Ranking Digital Rights Project housed at New America and Consumer Reports. Previously, I served as a research analyst for the Ranking Digital Rights project 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 novel, a coming out story set in Ohio and San Francisco. 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).