John Villasenor

John Villasenor


Not in residence.

Research Interests

cybersecurity, infrastructure security, intellectual property, cloud computing, digital currencies and emerging payment methods, digital privacy, wireless communications


John Villasenor is a professor of electrical engineering and public policy at UCLA and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is also Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Intellectual Property System. His work addresses the intersection of technology, policy and the law.

Villasenor’s research considers the broader impacts of key technology trends including the move to cloud computing, 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 digital media, intellectual property, digital privacy, and cybersecurity.

His work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic, Billboard, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Fast Company, Forbes, the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, Slate, and the Washington Post. He holds a B.S. from the University of Virginia, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.