Susan Benesch, Project Director

Susan Benesch, Faculty Associate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, teaches human rights at American University’s School of International Service and directs the Dangerous Speech Project.

Susan has taught human rights and refugee law at Georgetown and Princeton, among other universities, and has lectured at schools including Yale, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Virginia, and Humboldt University in Berlin. A human rights lawyer trained at Yale, she has also worked for the Center for Justice and Accountability, Amnesty International, and the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First).

Her interest in speech dates back to her first career as a journalist. Before law school, she was chief staff writer for the Miami Herald in Haiti. She also covered wars in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala, and reported from many countries for the New Republic, the Columbia Journalism Review, and the Crimes of War website, among other publications.


Tonei Glavinic joined the Dangerous Speech Project in December 2011. Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, they have been working on social justice and human rights issues in the United States since 2006, with a particular focus on LGBTQ communities and education equity. They currently reside in Mexico City.

In addition to working with the Dangerous Speech Project, Tonei provides program management, teaching, and consulting services to a variety of organizations including the Civic Education Project at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development, Aspire Education Project, and Tradeshift. They also write for Travel with Grant on the Boarding Area travel blogging network, serve as a managing partner of Alaska Commons, an Anchorage-based online media startup, and sit on the GLSEN National Advisory Council.

Tonei holds a BA in Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from American University and an MA in Social Justice and Community Development from Loyola University Chicago. Their personal website is

Lucas Wright, Researcher

Lucas Wright joined the Dangerous Speech Project in May 2016. Originally from Central Pennsylvania, he is now a resident of Washington, DC.

His research interests are focused on the intersection between political theory and Internet studies. He has worked or interned for the Brookings Institution,, and the Government Accountability Project.

In 2016 he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from American University with a BA in Political Science.

Advisory Board

Nighat Dad, Executive Director, Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan.

Murithi Mutiga, independent journalist and Horn of Africa Senior Analyst for International Crisis Group.

Dinah PoKempner, general counsel of Human Rights Watch

Bruce Schneier, internationally renowned security technologist,and author of 13 books as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers.