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Faculty Director

Yochai Benkler is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Before joining the faculty at Harvard Law School, he was Joseph M. Field '55 Professor of Law at Yale. He writes about the Internet and the emergence of a networked economy and society, as well as the organization of infrastructure, such as wireless communications. Full profile...


Carolina Rossini is a Fellow at the Berkman Center. She also coordinates a project on policy for Open Educational Resources in Brazil with the Open Society institute. She holds an LL.M. in Intellectual Property from Boston University, and degrees from the University of Sao Paulo (Bachelor in Law), Instituto de Empresa-IE, Spain (MBA in E-Business), Sao Paulo State University-UNESP (Master in International Negotiations), and other certificate courses. She also studied international relations at the Catholic University in Sao Paulo. Full profile...

Aaron Shaw is a Fellow at the Berkman Center and a Ph.D student in the Sociology Department at the University of California, Berkeley. A specialist in qualitative methods, he currently oversees the online case studies and is collaborating on a multidisciplinary analysis of cooperation in the political blogosphere. Full profile...

Online Case Studies Staff

Yael Granot is proud to join the ranks of the Berkman Center's Cooperation research group. Her past as a community volunteer in Israel and as a mental health counselor have taught her, above all, the value of cooperative endeavors; she's excited to be studying collaborative processes on the Internet and partaking of Berkman's interdisciplinary flavor. She earned her B.A. from Vassar College in 2006 with a degree in Psychology where she did research on in-group/out-group relations, focusing on stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.

Tim Hwang is a research associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He is involved in coordinating Yochai Benkler's emerging work on the levers of cooperation and assists the Internet & Democracy project on technology issues. He also provides support to the Center's and Herdict projects. Previously, he worked on the editorial staff of Professor Jonathan Zittrain's book The Future of the Internet--And How To Stop It. His research interests include online community, the history of internet culture, innovation studies, and market architecture. Full profile...

Roxanna Myhrum likes to ask big questions with complicated answers and is thrilled to be at the Berkman Center studying a nebulous topic with brilliant people. Before coming here she primarily worked in documentary production but indulged in occasional excursions into the worlds of advertising and academic policy research. Roxie is an '05 Harvard graduate with a degree in Social Studies. She is also currently employed as a Research Associate at Harvard Business School. When she's not surfing the 'Net, Roxie works as a theater director and media producer in collaboration with numerous Boston-based artists, playwrights, and opera singers.

Ayelet Oz is, of course, first and foremost a passionate member of the Cooperation research group at the Berkman Center. But besides that, she is occasionally trying to write her masters paper on moderation policies in internet forums at Harvard Law School, finish her LLM degree and help the Harvard Legal Theory Forum grow. Ayelet was born and raised in Israel, where she graduated from Tel Aviv University Law School at 2005 and will finish her BA in History soon. For the last decade, throughout her studies and since finishing her clerkship at the Supreme Court of Israel, Ayelet has worked and volunteered for several civil rights movements, including The Movement against Poverty and the Public Defender's Office. She is now living in Cambridge, does her best to improve her bad accent, and constantly looking for new causes to promote.

Dharmishta Rood spent her time as an undergraduate at UCLA reading about exciting research in Boston and is delighted to be working at the Berkman Center's Cooperation research group. She is a master's student in the Specialized program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and also co-founder of the open-source Populous Project, aimed at giving student and small town newspapers the tools they need to publish online. Her personal interest in media sit at the often complex distinction between beneficial and overwhelming forms of communication and she hopes to one day alleviate the stress of the unread inbox. She holds a B.A. in Design | Media Arts from UCLA—she photographs, screen-prints in her backyard and is learning to do handstands.

Anna Kim is an undergraduate at Harvard. She comes from Australia and has a cool accent.

Seth Woodworth cares most of all about strong conversation and stronger coffee. Seth is an educator, a blogger, and digital librarian. Network community and educational materials are his passions. In addition to his work at the Berkman Center, Seth works for the One Laptop per Child project in Communications and Community.

Industrial Case Studies Staff

Brendan Ballou is a research assistant at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, focusing on the industrial case studies. Previously he has worked on the OpenNet Initiative and Jonathan Zittrain's Future of the Internet blog. Beyond the Berkman Center, Brendan has been involved with Public Knowledge, Free Culture, and One Laptop Per Child. Brendan is also an avid runner, a terrible cook, and an okay stand-up comic.

Silas Bauer is a recent addition to the Berkman Center's Cooperation research group. He is currently completing his Masters Degree in Energy Policy. His thesis research has focused on the design of renewable energy subsidy programs to spur growth in US green jobs and the renewable energy industry. Last spring he volunteered on a collaborative project with a local Massachusetts town to design a community based revolving loan program for energy efficiency upgrades. This provided him with first hand experience designing a voluntary community program for energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. He is an aspiring triathlete, avid cyclist, and a recreational runner. In his former career he worked with high school students in the over-stressed world of college admissions.

Andrew Clearwater is a research assistant with the Cooperation research group at the Berkman Center. He is the president of the Maine Association for Law and Innovation and part of a working group that provides legal and economic research related to offshore wind development to the Maine Task Force on Wind Power. He has recently worked for the University of Maine Office of Research and Economic Development aiding in the technology transfer process and focusing on alternative energy. In 2007 he was awarded the Bride Family Fellowship to study the technology transfer process by splitting his time between a research computing group, business incubator, and intellectual property clinic. Andrew has written about trademark protection of open source software. He has been active in the Maine Center for Law and Innovation which aids inventors with free legal services to lower the transaction costs of innovation. Andrew earned a BA in Anthropology and Sociology and is currently completing his JD.

Erhardt Graeff is a research assistant for the Berkman Center's cooperation research group, studying OER and the political economy of the textbook industry. He earned his MPhil in Modern Society and Global Transformations from Cambridge University, writing a thesis on rural internet use and social capital. He has also researched and written on digital divides, e-government, networked public spheres, new media literacy, and Wikipedia. Beyond Berkman, Erhardt is a lead researcher with the Web Ecology Project and Director of Technology and Strategy for BetterGrads, a startup aimed at preparing high school students for the college experience.

Adam Holland is a research assistant with the Cooperation research group at the Berkman Center. Additionally, he is the research assistant for the Center's Freedom to Teach project. A 2L at the Boston University School of Law, he was drawn to law school because of his interest in copyright issues and creator's rights, especially in the digital age, but also because of a desire to somehow become part of creating a sustainable society, a la Kim Stanley Robinson's "plausible utopias." Prior to deciding to attend law school, he trained full time for the U.S. Olympic rowing team for ten years, winning two medals at World Championships, and earning a spot on the 1996 Olympic team. He then taught school for a year, and currently coaches wrestling and crew at the Buckingham, Browne, & Nichols School in Cambridge, MA. His jurisprudential role-model is Batman, depending on who is writing him.

Affiliated Researchers

Anna Dreber is a PhD student in Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics. Since 2006 she has also been a visiting researcher at Harvard's Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. She does experiments on topics ranging from the evolution of cooperation to the biological foundations of economic preferences. Among other things, Anna also studies the role of status on the marriage market and competitiveness in children Full profile...

David G. Rand is a PhD student in Systems Biology, based at Harvard's Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. He uses experimental and theoretical approaches to understand the evolution and maintenance of cooperation in humans. Full profile...