Faculty & Leadership


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Justin (Gus) Hurwitz

The Menard Director of the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center


Professor Justin (Gus) Hurwitz work’s builds on his background in law, technology, and economics to consider the interface between law and technology and the role of regulation in high-tech industries.

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Elsbeth Magilton

Executive Director


Elsbeth Magilton is the Executive Director of the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center and the the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Program. Outside of managing operations, her work focuses on space, space security, and women in STEM.

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Justin Firestone


Justin Firestone is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management and in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to teaching core Raikes School courses, Firestone also teaches Cyberlaw at the University of Nebraska College of Law and is part of the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center.

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Kyle Langvardt


Kyle Langvardt is a First Amendment scholar who focuses on the Internet’s implications for free expression both as a matter of constitutional doctrine and as a practical reality. His written work addresses new and confounding policy issues including tech addiction, the collapse of traditional gatekeepers in online media and 3D-printable weapons.

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Christal Sheppard


Assistant Professor Sheppard joined the University of Nebraska faculty in 2011, after over two decades of science and intellectual property law and policy experience. Dr. Sheppard began her career as a scientist earning a M.S. and Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan.

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Elana Zeide


Professor Elana Zeide joins Nebraska with over a decade of experience as a consultant and scholar focusing on student privacy, data-driven education, and algorithmic assessment and credentialing.

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Lysandra Márquez


Lysandra Márquez is the Creative Media Strategist for the Center. She is also Associate Producer of Tech Refactored, the Center's in-house podcast. Lysandra joins with an extensive background in journalism, having earned her M.A. from The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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Neil Rutledge


Neil Rutledge is the Research Associate for the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center where he helps build the center’s research content and library, showcasing the center’s internal expertise and diverse research portfolio. Neil also assists with the fellows program, helping students and faculty develop research projects and plan topics. Neil joins the center having earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Adina Choat


Adina Choat is the Center, where she supports the executive director in day-to-day operations, as well as assisting with the production of the Center's podcast, Tech Refactored.

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