Thursday, April 21, 2022
By Giovanna Deo
Portrait photo of new Iowa Law professor Alicia Solow-Niederman

The University of Iowa College of Law is pleased to announce that Alicia Solow-Niederman will be joining the Iowa Law faculty as an associate professor starting this fall.

Professor Solow-Niederman’s research evaluates how digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence, both challenge and offer opportunities to improve existing legal institutions and regulatory approaches. Using institutional design, social science, and technical literatures, her scholarship explores how to regulate technologies in a way that grapples with social, economic, and political power.  She is interested in how to ensure public accountability, contend with private power, and preserve democratic legitimacy as algorithmic tools are developed. 

“I am delighted to become part of such a collegial and supportive faculty," stated Solow-Niederman, and "I especially look forward to expanding the school’s offerings in law and technology and information privacy.”   

Professor Solow-Niederman's scholarship has appeared in the Southern California Law Review, the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, and the Stanford Technology Law Review, and her essay on data breaches was selected as a winner of the Yale Law Journal’s Student Essay Competition. Her current project examines how machine learning strains contemporary information privacy protections and is forthcoming in the Northwestern University Law Review

Professor Solow-Niederman comes to Iowa from Harvard Law School, where she was a Climenko Fellow and lecturer on law from 2020-2022. Prior to joining Harvard, she served as the inaugural fellow in artificial intelligence, law, and policy for UCLA Law’s Program on Understanding Law, Science, and Evidence (PULSE) and then clerked in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.   

She is also a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was Forum Editor for the Harvard Law Review. Professor Solow-Niederman earned a B.A. with Distinction in communication and political science from Stanford University.