Jennifer Shkabatur

Jen Shkabatur

Jennifer Shkabatur

S.J.D. 2012

Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovations, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2011-2013)
Fellow, Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University (2011-2012)
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University (2011-2012)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Law (2010-2011)

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Transparency, Accountability, and Citizen Participation in Regulatory Institutions: Toward the Digital Era

My dissertation examines the effects of information technologies on transparency, accountability, and citizen participation in three regulatory institutions: administrative agencies, international organizations, and local governments. It explores emerging national and international policies, including online open data and freedom of information, spending and budget transparency, citizen participation in policymaking, and collaborative monitoring of international regimes. The research relies on field studies of online platforms in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.


Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Internet Law and Policy with Professor Yochai Benkler, Harvard Law School, Overall Faculty Supervisor
  • Administrative Law and Theories of Regulation with Dean Martha Minow, Harvard Law School
  • Theories of Democracy with Professor Archon Fung, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • International Law and Organizations with Professor Jack Goldsmith, Harvard Law School

Additional Research Interests

  • Intellectual Property
  • Theories of Information and Communications
  • Open Government
  • New Media, Movements, and Campaigns


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. 2012
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M. Program 2006-2007
  • Tel Aviv University, Department of Political Sciences, M.A. 2007
  • Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Law, LL.B. 2004

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, 2011-2013, Democracy Fellow
  • Harvard University, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, 2011-2012, Fellow at the Research Lab on Institutional Corruption
  • Harvard University, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, 2011-2012, Fellow
  • Boston University School of Law, 2010-2011, Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Harvard Law School, 2009-2010, Byse Teaching Fellow
  • Cambridge University, Lauterpacht Center for International Law, 2009, Visiting Fellow
  • Harvard Law School, 2007-2009, Graduate Program Fellow, Teaching Assistant in International & Administrative Law and LL.M. Advisor
  • Harvard College, Government Department, 2008, Teaching Fellow
  • Fulbright Scholar, 2006-2008
  • Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law, Hamburg, Germany, 2004, Visiting Researcher

Representative Publications

Additional Information

  • Languages: English, Hebrew, Russian, French (intermediate), Spanish (beginner)


Last Updated: November 9, 2012

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