Susan P. Crawford

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Susan P. Crawford
Susan P. Crawford in New York City in November, 2017.jpg
Susan Crawford keynotes a Knight News Challenge event in New York City, November 2017.
Born (1963-02-27) February 27, 1963 (age 60)
Santa Monica, California
Alma materYale University (B.A., J.D.)
Occupation(s)Professor of Law Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (2009)
EmployerObama Administration (Formerly)
OrganizationICANN (Board member) OneWebDay (Founder)
Known forPolicy research, author, telecommunications and information law
AwardsMost Influential Women in Technology (Fast Company, 2009)
IP3 Awardee (2010)
Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future (Prospect, 2011)
Tech 40: The Most Influential Minds in Tech
(Time Magazine, 2013)
Top 50 Thinkers of the Year (Politico, 2015)

Susan P. Crawford (born February 27, 1963) is the John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She served as President Barack Obama's Special Assistant for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009) and is a columnist for WIRED. She is a former Board Member of ICANN, the founder of OneWebDay, and a legal scholar. Her research focuses on telecommunications and information law.

Early life and education[edit]

Crawford was born in 1963 and grew up in Santa Monica, where she attended Santa Monica High School, and played violin in the "Samohi" orchestra.

Crawford received her B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and J.D. from Yale University. While at Yale, Crawford was the principal violist in the Yale Symphony Orchestra[1] and continues her daily practice and occasionally performs publicly.[2]


After earning her J.D. degree, Crawford served as a law clerk for Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (Washington, D.C.) until the end of 2002, when she left that firm to become a professor.[3]

After first teaching at Cardozo School of Law in New York City, Crawford became a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School in the fall of 2007. After visiting at Yale Law School in the spring of 2008, she was admitted to the faculty at the University of Michigan Law School.[4] On July 1, 2010 Crawford rejoined the faculty at Cardozo, and also commenced as a Visiting Research Collaborator at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton.[5]

In 2012, Crawford visited Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government as the Stanton Professor of the First Amendment[6] and also was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School.[7] Since 2015 she has been on the faculty of Harvard Law School.

In 2015, Politico named Crawford (along with scholars Marvin Ammori and Tim Wu) as one of its top 50 thinkers of the year, citing her contributions to the net neutrality movement.[8]

Internet activism[edit]

Crawford served as a member of the Board of Directors for ICANN from 2005-2008.[9] In 2005 she founded OneWebDay - a global celebration of the Internet. She is known as a champion of net neutrality, and has written on many other current policy issues. In 2012, Yale University Press published her book, Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.[10] In April 2014, Crawford proposed that a possible solution to net neutrality concerns may be municipal broadband.[11][12]

Crawford was critical of the FCC's 2017 decision to end net neutrality, stating that the ruling was "handing the power to choose winners and losers online to about five companies."[13]

Public service[edit]

Crawford and Kevin Werbach served on the Federal Communications Commission Review team in the Obama transition.[14][15] In early 2009, Crawford was appointed the President's Special Assistant for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy.[16] In October 2009, it was announced that she would step down when her one-year sabbatical from the University of Michigan ended in January 2010.[17]

In October 2011, Crawford was appointed to Mayor Bloomberg's Council on Technology and Innovation.[18]


  • Fast Company – Top 100 Global Thinkers (2013)[19]
  • Prospect Magazine – Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future (2011)[20]
  • Time – Tech 40: Most Influential Minds in Tech (2013)[20]
  • Politico –Top 50 Thinkers of the Year (2015)[20]


  • Crawford, Susan (2013). Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly in the New Gilded Age. Yale U. Pr. ISBN 978-0-300-15313-2.
  • Crawford, Susan (2014). The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance. Jossey-Bass. ISBN 978-1118910900.
  • Crawford, Susan (2018). Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution―and Why America Might Miss It. Yale U. Pr. ISBN 978-0300228502.


  1. ^ "Cardozo Life : Winter 2004". Retrieved 2009-05-30.
  2. ^ "Concert Program July 16, 2006". Rock Creek Chamber Players. Archived from the original on November 22, 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
  3. ^ "Susan Crawford". Michigan Law University of Michigan. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  4. ^ "Bio". Retrieved 2008-01-12.
  5. ^ "In about 20 days". Susan Crawford. Archived from the original on 11 June 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Harvard Kennedy School - Susan Crawford". Archived from the original on 2011-11-23.
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  8. ^ "Marvin Ammori, Susan Crawford, Tim Wu: Legal scholars, Stanford, Harvard, Columbia universities". Politico. 2015. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  9. ^ "ICANN Board: Thanks to Susan Crawford".
  10. ^ "Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age". Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  11. ^ Crawford, Susan (28 April 2014). "The Wire Next Time". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  12. ^ Brian Fung (November 22, 2017). "How two decisions in Washington could turn AT&T into a uniquely powerful company". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  13. ^ David Gelles (November 21, 2017). "Washington Has Delivered a Tangled Message on AT&T's Power". The New York Times. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  14. ^ "Susan Crawford on Obama FCC transition team". 2008-11-14. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
  15. ^ Condon, Stephanie (14 November 2008). "Obama team takes on more tech execs". CNET
  16. ^ Phillips, Macon (July 1, 2009). "Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff". Retrieved 2009-07-01 – via National Archives.
  17. ^ Kang, Cecilia (October 27, 2009). "Obama tech adviser Susan Crawford plans departure". Post Tech. Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
  18. ^ "Announcing BigApps 3.0, New Technology Council, and Immigration Seminars for Start-Ups". October 11, 2011. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  19. ^ "Fast Company's Most Influential Women Susan Crawford Archives". Red Brick Agency. Retrieved 2022-08-26.
  20. ^ a b c Wright, Kim. "Susan Crawford appointed clinical professor of law at Harvard Law". Harvard Law School. Retrieved 2022-08-26.

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