Technology policy researchers and experts who wish to have a formal affiliation with CITP, but cannot be in residence in Princeton, may apply to become a CITP Affiliate. The affiliation typically will last for two years. Affiliates do not have any formal appointment at Princeton University.

Applicants should email applications to Please send a current curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing background and interest in the program.

Kelvin Chen


Kelvin Chen helps the Federal Reserve Board understand fintech developments and navigate the regulatory and policy issues they raise. Previously, Kelvin was the consumer financial protection bureau’s program manager for Emerging Payments, where he was the bureau’s point person for understanding payment-related technologies domestically and abroad. In prior roles, Kelvin advised former Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez on consumer protection issues and was a litigator in the New York offices of Morrison & Foerster LLP and Cadwalader LLP, where his work included digital copyright litigation and counseling. Kelvin studied systems engineering and mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania (’00) and attended New York University School of Law (’04).

Evan Cooke


Evan Cooke was previously a senior policy advisor in the Office of Science and Technology Policy and a member of the team at the U.S. Digital Service at the White House. He co-founded Twilio, Inc., where he served as CTO and board director. Evan completed his M.S., Ph.D. and postdoctoral fellowship in computer science at the University of Michigan, with a focus on network security and distributed systems and his undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering, computer science and psychology at the University of Wisconsin.

Danit Gal


Danit Gal is a project assistant professor at the Cyber Civilizations Research Center at the Keio University Global Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan. She is interested in global strategic technology planning, particularly in East Asia and its impact on developing regions, and the digital humanities. Prior to joining Keio, Danit was a Yenching Scholar at Peking University and international strategic advisor to the iCenter at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Danit chairs the P7009 IEEE standard on the Fail-Safe Design of Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Systems. She also chairs the Outreach Committee of The IEEE Global Initiative on the Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. Among her current projects is a study of the unanticipated consequences of AI under the Association of Pacific Rim Universities – Google research project “AI for Everyone: Building Trust in and Benefiting from the Technology.”

Lukasz Olejnik


Lukasz Olejnik is a security and privacy researcher and advisor. He specializes in web security and privacy, privacy engineering, privacy reviews and privacy impact assessments. He has industry, research and technology policy experience, and he contributes to privacy reviews of web standards as a W3C Invited Expert.

Lukasz completed his Ph.D. at INRIA (Grenoble, France), where he was a member of the privatics team. He was a research associate at the University College London. He is also working on the ePrivacy regulation at the European Parliament as a technology policy advisor.

Jonathan Penney


Jonathan Penney is a legal academic and social scientist. He is presently a research affiliate at CITP, a research fellow at the Citizen Lab located at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, and teaches law as an assistant professor at Dalhousie University in Canada. Beyond that, he is also a research collaborator with Civil Servant based at the MIT Media Lab and from 2012 to 2015 was a Berkman Fellow and then research affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Jon studied law at Columbia Law School as a Fulbright Scholar and at Oxford as a Mackenzie King Scholar and holds a doctorate in “Information, Communication, and the Social Sciences” from Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford.

Jon’s research lies at the intersection of law, technology, and social science, with an emphasis on privacy, censorship, surveillance, and automated/AI legal processess. His work has received international attention, including coverage in the Washington Post, Reuters International, New York Times, Newsweek, TIME Magazine, Le Monde, and The Guardian, among others, as well as coverage by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald in The Intercept.

Sam Ransbotham


Sam Ransbotham is an associate professor in the Information Systems Department at Boston College, as well as editor for MIT Sloan Management Review’s Artificial Intelligence initiative. In 2014, he was awarded an NSF CAREER Award for his analytics-based research in information security. Prior to his joining the faculty at Boston College, Ransbotham founded a software company with a globally diverse client base. Sam holds a B.S. in chemical engineering, an MBA, and a Ph.D. all from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Joel Reidenberg


Joel Reidenberg is a visiting research collaborator at CITP and a professor at Fordham Law School where he is a leading international scholar in internet law, privacy, and cybersecurity. Reidenberg was CITP’s inaugural Microsoft Visiting Professor of Information Technology Policy for 2013-2014. While visiting CITP, he will collaborate on research with the CITP community and teach an undergraduate course on internet law and policy. At Fordham he holds the Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair, and he is the founding academic director of the Center on Law and Information Policy. He received his A.B. from Dartmouth, J.D. from Columbia and PhD from the Universite de Paris-Sorbonne.

Robert Seamans


Robert Seamans is an associate professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He recently completed a one year appointment as a senior economist on President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors where he worked on a wide range of policies relating to technology, innovation and competition policy. Professor Seamans’ research focuses on how technology affects strategic interactions between firms, affects incentives to innovate, and ultimately shapes market outcomes. His research has been published in leading academic journals and has been cited in multiple outlets including The Atlantic, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and others. Professor Seamans received his B.A. from Reed College, his M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management, his M.A. in Economics from Boston University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kevin Werbach


Kevin Werbach is associate professor of Legal Studies at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His work examines the intersection of business, policy, and emerging technologies in areas such as broadband, big data, and blockchain. Werbach served on the Obama Administration’s Presidential Transition Team, founded the Supernova Group (a technology conference and consulting firm), helped develop the U.S. government’s approach to internet policy while at the Federal Communications Commission, and created one of the most successful massive open online courses, with over 400,000 enrollments. His books include For the Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business and the forthcoming The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust.

Helen Wong


Helen Wong is director of Fintech and Payments at Discover Financial Services. In this role, she provides strategic advice regarding payments and financial technology issues, including mobile payments and emerging payment and commerce platforms. Ms. Wong was previously an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission. Her work at the FTC focused on consumer protection enforcement actions involving financial technology issues, including mobile payments,crowd-funding, and cryptocurrencies. She has acted as the lead attorney on a number of cases, including the FTC’s first Bitcoin-related case and the first crowdfunding case. Ms. Wong has spoken at numerous conferences on these issues including the National Association of Attorney Generals’ Conference, the DC Blockchain Summit, George Washington Law School Fintech Forum, and TEDx Northwestern. Prior to joining the FTC, she was an associate at the law firm of White & Case. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and Georgetown University Law Center.