Kate Klonick

Kate Klonick

Nonresident Fellow – Governance Studies

Kate Klonick is a Nonresident Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. She is also an Assistant Professor of Law at St. John’s University Law School, where she teaches, researches, and writes on issues concerning online speech, internet law, property, and private online governance. Her most work focuses on how transnational online platforms develop and employ systems of private governance over public rights like freedom of expression, property, and assembly. Her most recent work in this area focused on the development of Facebook’s new Oversight Board, the independent body that hears appeals on content from Facebook users and advises the platform about its online speech policies.

Her work on these topics has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Southern California Law Review, Maryland Law Review, New Yorker, New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Slate, Lawfare, Vox, The Guardian and numerous other publications.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Online Speech
    • Social Media
    • Content Moderation
    • Online Platforms
    • First Amendment Law
    • Internet Law
  • Current Positions

    • Nonresident Fellow, Governance Studies; The Brookings Institution
    • Assistant Professor of Law, St. John's University Law School
    • Fellow, Digital Scholarship Institute
    • Affiliate Fellow, Information Society Project; Yale Law School
    • Executive Committee Member, AALS Internet and Computer Law Executive Committee
    • Board Member, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
    • Board Member, Center for the Science of Moral Understanding
  • Past Positions

    • Resident Fellow, Information Society Project; Yale Law School
    • Director of CCP Lab, Cultural Cognition Project; Yale Law School
    • Clerk to Hon. Richard Wesley; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
    • Clerk to Hon. Eric Vitaliano; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of N.Y.
    • Summer Associate, Venable
  • Education

    • Ph.D. in Law, Yale Law School
    • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
    • A.B. in Modern American History, Brown University