Bio

Harry Oppenheimer is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University with a focus on international relations, technology, and conflict. His research explores the relationship between technology diffusion and cybersecurity. How does the transnational liberalization of data flows place pressure on cybersecurity, and what impact do these externalities have on international cooperation? He combines topographic data of data flows, cybersecurity forensic evidence, and network analyses to understand the politics of ICT development assistance and transnational internet diffusion. 

His other projects deal with different aspects of technology and politics. A paper co-authored with Joshua Kertzer and Thomas Zeitzoff uses existing theories of domestic politics and threat to understand the novel political and psychological context of cyber attacks. In another project he examines the impact of mandatory disclosure laws on cybersecurity news coverage and public attitudes towards privacy and computer security. The project also addresses how the security discourse is likely to shift as more individuals learn about data thefts. Harry is also studying how private and civil society actors pursue agenda setting in international policy forums, the tension between threats to individuals and groups in cyberspace, the empirical challenges of cyber conflict, and how elites reflect the political environment as they respond to terrorist attacks on social media.

Prior to beginning his doctorate, he was a research associate for national security at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he worked for Max Boot and Richard K. Betts. Harry has published opinion pieces on counterterrorism and cybersecurity featured in Newsweek.com, DefenseOne, The Hill, and CFR blogs Politics, Power, and Preventive Action, and Net Politics. While at Harvard he has worked with Alastair Iain Johnston on US-China cybersecurity issues and the implications of social media for international conflict, and with Stephen Ansolabehere as a research assistant for the Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll. Additionally, Harry is an affiliate of the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) and the Research Cluster on International Security at the Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Harry received his B.A. Summa Cum Laude with High Honors in International Relations from New York University, and his A.M. in Government from Harvard University, where he tested in international relations and political methodology.