Morgan N. Weiland is an attorney and scholar whose research, legal practice, and policy work sit at the intersection of First Amendment doctrine, networked media, and technological change. She proposed, helped design, and is in the process of completing the first joint degree JD/PhD program between Stanford Law School (SLS), where she graduated in 2015, and Stanford’s Communication Department, where she is a PhD candidate, to advance this interdisciplinary work.
Her research focuses on the structures and spaces that shape the conditions for the freedom of expression, with a particular interest in normative theories of free expression and the ethical implications of new media technologies.
As a PhD candidate and Junior Affiliate Scholar at SLS’s Center for Internet & Society, Weiland currently is working on her dissertation, which examines the public responsibilities of private platforms as crucial spaces for contemporary discourse. She will be a Lecturer in Law at SLS Spring Quarter 2017-18, and will be clerking for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals during the 2018-19 term. She is a member of the California Bar.