John Villasenor is on the faculty at UCLA, where he is a professor of electrical engineering, public policy, and management, and a visiting professor of law. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Villasenor’s work considers the broader impacts of key technology trends, including the move to the cloud, the globalization of technology product design and manufacturing, advances in digital communications and electronics, and the increasing complexity of today’s networks and systems. He writes frequently on these topics and on their implications with respect to cybersecurity, privacy, and law. He has published in the Atlantic, Billboard, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Fast Company, Forbes, the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Scientific American, Slate, the Washington Post, and many academic journals. He has also provided congressional testimony on multiple occasions on topics including drones, privacy, and intellectual property law.
Villasenor leads a Department of Homeland Security-funded research project at Stanford directed to improving cybersecurity for U.S. critical infrastructure. He also serves as co-director of the Brookings Institution’s Financial and Digital Inclusion Project, a Gates Foundation-funded effort aimed at examining ways to broaden access to formal financial services.
Before joining the faculty at UCLA, Villasenor was with the National Aeronautic and Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he developed methods of imaging the earth from space. He holds a BS from the University of Virginia and an MS and PhD from Stanford University. Villasenor is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Cybersecurity, and an affiliate at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford.