Stephanie Pell is an Assistant Professor and Cyber Ethics Fellow at West Point’s Army Cyber Institute (ACI), with joint appointments to the Department of English and Philosophy and the Department of Law, where she teaches courses in cyber ethics and constitutional and military law. She writes about privacy, cybersecurity, surveillance, and national security law and policy, and is particularly interested in the tensions at the nexus of efforts to enable law enforcement’s traditional public safety mission and concurrent attempts to make our communications networks and devices more secure. Professor Pell’s work has been published in several law journals, including the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, and the Connecticut Law Review, as well as in the popular national magazine Wired. Professor Pell has also been quoted or referenced in articles and broadcasts appearing in numerous national publications and media outlets, including The Economist, NPR, The Washington Post and Newsweek.
Prior to joining the ACI faculty, Professor Pell served as Majority Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee under then Chairman John Conyers, serving as lead counsel on Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) reform and PATRIOT Act reauthorization during the 111th Congress. Professor Pell was also a federal prosecutor for over fourteen years, working as a Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, as a Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division, and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. She was a lead prosecutor in U.S. v. Jose Padilla (American Citizen detained as an enemy combatant prior to criminal indictment, trial, and conviction on various terrorism charges), for which she received the Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award, and in U.S. v. Conor Claxton (IRA operatives who purchased weapons in South Florida and smuggled them into Belfast, Northern Ireland during peace process negotiations).
Professor Pell is an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.