Leah Plunkett is the inaugural Assistant Dean for Learning Experience & Technology and Meyer Research Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where she heads the Learning Experience & Technology (LXT) team. She is also a faculty associate with the Youth & Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Previously, Ms. Plunkett was an Associate Professor of Legal Skills, Associate Dean for Administration, and Director of Academic Success at University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law. Ms. Plunkett is a national leader in online legal education, having served as a chief architect of the hybrid JD program in intellectual property, information, and technology law at UNH Law (the first specialized hybrid JD program in the country). Her scholarship focuses on privacy and the digital lives of kids and families. Her book, SHARENTHOOD: Why We Should Think Before We Talk About Our Kids Online (MIT Press 2019), won praise from WIRED and The New Yorker, among others.
Ms. Plunkett received her A.B., summa cum laude, in American History and Literature from Harvard College and her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she served as a board member of the Legal Aid Bureau. After graduating from law school, Ms. Plunkett clerked for the Honorable Catherine C. Blake of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. She then received fellowship support to establish the Youth Law Project at New Hampshire Legal Assistance. Ms. Plunkett subsequently worked as a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, where she addressed such issues as the economic needs of domestic violence survivors, and was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.
- J.D. Harvard Law School, 2006
- A.B. Harvard College, 2001