João is the Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow at Indiana University Maurer School of Law’s Center for Law, Society, and Culture, a Visiting Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, a Fellow at the IU Maurer Center for Intellectual Property Research, and a Ph.D. Candidate in Linguistics at the City University of New York, Graduate Center.
His research lies at the intersection of emerging technologies and private law theory, including property, contract, and tort law. He focuses on the evolution and application of private law in the face of changing social, linguistic, and cognitive conceptualizations of technologies. His current work addresses shared social customs and intuitions surrounding digital assets, prosthetics, artificial intelligence, and blockchain.
João holds a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was a Student Fellow at the Project on the Foundations of Private Law and a member of the Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Prior to law school he earned an M.Sc. with Distinction in computational cognitive science from the University of Edinburgh, an M.A. in linguistics from the City University of New York, and a B.A., magna cum laude, in linguistics from Columbia University.