Ari Ezra Waldman

Associate Professor of Law
Director, Institute for Information Law and Policy

Ari Ezra Waldman

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University, Professor Waldman is an Associate Professor at NYLS, the Director of the NYLS Institute for Information Law and Policy, and the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia. His research and writing focus on privacy, hate and harassment on the Internet; online social networks; and the LGBT community. His doctoral dissertation, tentatively titled, Privacy As Trust, combines social and legal theory with quantitative field work and empirical analysis to argue for a reorientation of privacy law and policy around the sociological principle of trust. Professor Waldman is a frequent speaker on issues facing the LGBT community and often appears as an analyst on radio and television. His articles have been published in leading law reviews, including the Hastings Law Journal, the University of Maryland Law Review, and the Temple Law Review, to name a few. Before entering academia, Professor Waldman was an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Winston & Strawn LLP in New York, focusing on copyright, trademark, and appellate litigation.

Professor Waldman believes in working with his students outside the classroom to educate the community, advocate on behalf of disadvantaged populations, and bring about real change. In addition to his work here at NYLS, Professor Waldman is the Privacy Expert at He works with NYLS students to write general-audience essays helping members of the public understand their online privacy rights. Professor Waldman is also the Legal Editor at Towleroad, the widely read and award-winning LGBT news and politics website, where he writes a weekly column on gay rights. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about online bullying and creating a safe and secure Internet for all. Professor Waldman is eager to work with his students to advance all these causes by offering pro bono experience, publication, and other opportunities.

You can find additional information about Professor Waldman and his work at You can also follow him on Twitter at, and on Facebook at


Privacy As Trust: Sociological Theory and Sharing in Online Social Life (in progress)

Durkheim’s Internet: Social and Political Theory in Online Society, 7 N.Y.U. J. LAW & LIBERTY 355 (2013)

Marriage Rights and the Good Life: A Sociological Theory of Marriage and Constitutional Law, 64 HASTINGS L. J. 739 (2013)

All Those Like You: Identity Aggression and Student Speech, 77 MISSOURI L. REV. 563 (2013)

Hostile Educational Environments, 71 MARYLAND L. REV. 705 (2012)

Tormented: Anti-Gay Bullying in Schools, 84 TEMPLE L. REV. 385 (2012)

Exceptions: The Illogical Approach to HIV-Related Aggravated Assaults, 18 VA. J. SOC. POL’Y & L. 552 (2011)


Presumptive Criminals: HIV-Related Aggravated Assaults, in Dana Peterson and Vanessa R. Panfil, eds., Handbook of LGBT Communities, Crime, and Justice (2014).


Legal Editor & Contributor at TOWLEROAD blog (August 2010 -), available at

Guest Columnist at CONCURRING OPINIONS blog (September 2013-), available at