- Technology & Society (STS)
- Data Governance
Ryan Biava is a Senior Strategic Advisor in the Energy Innovation & Resources division of Seattle City Light, the city’s municipal electric utility. He was previously Deputy Director of the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Policy & Innovation, with a portfolio including technology policy.
Trained in the United States and France as a comparative political scientist, Dr. Biava’s work focuses on the clash between emerging technologies, societal institutions, and political ideologies. His doctoral dissertation, “The Comparative Politics of Privacy: Ideas, Institutions & Information,” examined internet-era, liberal-democratic privacy regulation and norms in the United States, Canada, and France.
In 2019, he and Prof. Jan Whittington (College of Built Environments) developed and launched a graduate-level, interdisciplinary course entitled “Technologies of the City,” incorporating information studies, urban planning, law, ethics, and municipal policy and administration.
Dr. Biava’s energy-sector interests center on the convergence of three factors: technology (e.g., distributed energy resources, blockchain); industrial organization and politics (e.g., market restructuring, power grid access and control); and society (e.g., adaptation to climate change, sociology of energy).
- Ph D, Political Science, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2014
- MA, International Affairs, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), 2003
- BA, Political Science, University of Washington, 2001
Publications and Contributions
Journal Article, Academic JournalA Framework for Analyzing and Comparing Privacy States (2014)Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology, Volume 65, Issue 12, Page 2422-2431
PhD DissertationThe Comparative Politics of Privacy: Ideas, Institutions & Information (2014)
Conference PosterNetwork Maps and Congressional Frames: Analyzing Bill Titles as a Field of Conflict (2013)Proceedings of the iConference
The Comparative Politics of Privacy: Describing & Comparing Privacy States Across Time & Place
Research Symposium, iSchool, University of Washington - Seattle, WA
Information Technology: The Life of the Party?
American Political Parties & Politics course, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Madison, WI
Media, Technology & Political Life
Introduction to American Government & Politics course, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Madison, WI