Ari Melber was a 2009 legal extern at the Brennan Center for Justice and a contributor to the Center's report, Transparency in the First Hundred Days. He received a J.D. from Cornell Law School, where he was an editor on the Journal of Law and Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Melber also writes about policy and political issues as a correspondent for The Nation and a columnist for Politico. His writing has been cited by the New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Times, WashingtonPost.com, Wired.com, Economist.com, The Guardian Online, Wall Street Journal Online, National Review Online, American Conservative Online, and Atlantic Monthly Online; as well as in the books "Political Psychology of Democratic Citizenship," "Totally Wired," "Generation We," and "Blue Grit," and in the academic publications "Tolerance in an Age of Terror (Harvard Law School Public Law Research Paper 07-10)," "Top Ten Global Justice Law Review Articles (2007)," "Blog Campaigning," and "Social Networking Sites: Public, Private or What?" As a commentator on public affairs, he has spoken at Harvard Law School, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Yale University, George Washington University, Columbia University Political Union, Fordham University, Center for American Progress and TimeWarner Summit, among others.