Susan Benesch, Project Director

Susan Benesch, Faculty Associate of the Berkman Klein 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, Director of Operations

tonei-glavinicTonei 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. They also write for Travel with Grant on the Boarding Area travel blogging network, and serve on the Board of Directors for Trans Lifeline and 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

Cathy Buerger, Research and Communications Associate

Cathy Buerger joined the Dangerous Speech Project (DSP) in September of 2017. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut (UConn), where her research examined the impact of human rights education on political beliefs and behavior in Ghana.

Her current research at the DSP focuses on global responses to dangerous and hateful speech as well as the process of identity formation among those who choose to respond to such speech.

She is a Research Affiliate of UConn’s Economic and Social Rights Research Group, Managing Editor of the Journal of Human Rights, and an Editor for the Teaching Human Rights Database.

Sean Manion, Communications Fellow

Sean Manion joined the Dangerous Speech Project in May 2018. He holds a BA in political science from Berry College and is currently pursuing an MA in Sustainable Development from SIT Graduate Institute.

Sean has worked at the intersection of development, peacebuilding, and social justice for several years. He became interested in speech issues while organizing against right-wing extremism in the rural southeast United States.

Advisory Board

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

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

Dinah PoKempner, General Counsel, Human Rights Watch

Bruce Schneier, internationally renowned security technologist and prolific author.