Kristen E. Eichensehr

Research Interests

Cybersecurity | Foreign Relations | National Security | Separation of Powers | Law & Technology


Kristen Eichensehr is an Assistant Professor at UCLA School of Law. She writes and teaches about foreign relations, separation of powers, cybersecurity, and national security law. Her recent scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the University of Chicago Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Texas Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, and American Journal of International Law.

Before joining the UCLA faculty, Eichensehr clerked for Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Sonia Sotomayor of the Supreme Court of the United States and for Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Eichensehr also served as Special Assistant to the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State and practiced at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in appellate litigation, international and national security law, and cybersecurity issues.

Eichensehr received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as executive editor of the Yale Law Journal and articles editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. She holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard University and an M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. Eichensehr is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, and an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. She is a frequent contributor to and member of the editorial board of the national security blog, Just Security. To follow her blog, go to