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Brenda Dvoskin

S.J.D. Candidate

LL.M. Advisor

bdvoskin at



Regulation of Hate Speech on Social Media from the Perspective of Disadvantaged Groups

Speech is essential to advance minorities’ rights. Speech is the principal means to demand justice, to expose abuses, to fight stereotypes, to achieve recognition as a structurally disadvantaged group, and ultimately to the realization of equality and other fundamental rights. The Internet has given a voice to millions of users and social media has become a crucial tool for movements to speak up. However, today private companies running these platforms are the main arbiters of what gets communicated. Accordingly, a highly intense debate exists on how these companies should moderate speech. My goal is to develop a feminist theory of speech to guide this debate.

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Internet Regulation and Policy with Professor Yochai Benkler, Harvard Law School, Principal Faculty Supervisor
  • Social Media Architecture and Policy with Professor Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School
  • Feminist Theory with Professor Janet Halley, Harvard Law School
  • Freedom of Speech Theory with Professor Noah Feldman, Harvard Law School

Additional Research Interests

  • Constitutional Law
  • First Amendment
  • Structural Inequality


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate 2018-Present
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M. Program 2017-2018 (requirements fulfilled, degree waived)
  • Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina, LL.B. 2015

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • Fellow, 2019-2020, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
  • Teaching Fellow, Social Media and the Law, Harvard Law School, Fall 2019
  • Graduate Program Fellow, Harvard Law School, 2018-2020

Last Updated: September 25, 2019