Fordham Law School Welcomes Three New Faculty Members


Fordham Law School is proud to announce three new faculty members who will join during the 2023-24 academic year. These highly accomplished scholars and teachers will enhance the Law School’s commitment to excellence in legal education. The new professors are Chinmayi Sharma, Aniket Kesari, and Harlan Grant Cohen. Professors Sharma and Kesari are two emerging thought leaders focused on the intersection of law and technology. Professor Cohen is an expert on international law.

“We are thrilled to welcome such an accomplished group of professors to the Law School,” said Fordham Law Dean Matthew Diller. “We look forward to the contributions they will make as scholars, teachers, and members of the Fordham Law community.”

Prior to joining Fordham Law this fall semester, Chinmayi Sharma was a scholar in residence at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law and a lecturer at the University of Texas School of Law. Her research and teaching is focused on cybersecurity, surveillance, computer crime, torts, administrative law, and criminal law/procedure. Sharma is also a member of Foreign Policy for America, the open source working group at the Atlantic Council, the Transatlantic Cyber Forum, the young professional cohort at the Council on Foreign Relations, Internet Law Foundry, and the Yale Cyber Leadership Fellow. She has written extensively for Lawfare, primarily on the topics of cybersecurity and surveillance. Sharma earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia and her B.A. from Duke University.

Also joining Fordham Law this fall is Aniket Kesari, who was a research fellow at the Information Law Institute at New York University. He was also a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley’s Social Science Data Lab (D-Lab) and a visiting researcher at ETH Zurich’s Center for Law and Economics. His research focuses primarily on privacy and cybersecurity law, data science, and public policy. Kesari earned his Ph.D. in jurisprudence and social policy from Berkeley Law, J.D. at Yale Law School, and B.A. in political science and history from Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Harlan Grant Cohen will join Fordham Law in the spring 2024 semester. He comes to the Law School from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he held the Gabriel M. Wilner/UGA Foundation Professorship in International Law and served as a faculty co-director of the law school’s Dean Rusk International Law Center. He brings to Fordham a deep knowledge of international law, international trade, and global governance. Cohen’s 2020 article Nations and Markets in the Journal of International Economic Law won the John H. Jackson Prize for being an article “that most significantly breaks new ground and adds new insights to the study and understanding of international economic law.” Previously, he worked at the law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and served as a judicial clerk for Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Cohen is a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law and a member of the American Law Institute. He earned a dual degree in history and international studies from Yale University before earning his M.A. in history. He graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was a Florence Allen Scholar and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.


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