Shankar Narayan

Adjunct Professor


Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090

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JD, Yale Law School, 2001
MPA, Harvard's Kennedy Scool of Government, 2001
BS, Bates College, 1997


Shankar Narayan is the Director of the Technology and Liberty Project at the ACLU of Washington. In that role, he advocates, organizes, and litigates to protect civil liberties in a world transformed by technology. Shankar works to bring values of fairness, transparency, and accountability to surveillance and machine learning technologies, and to lift the voices of impacted communities, including people of color, immigrants, religious and gender minorities, and others. Shankar has also served as Legislative Director at the ACLU-WA, where he helped pass legislation to achieve marriage equality, restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated people, enforce non-discrimination laws in schools, improve police accountability, defeat punitive gang legislation, and protect privacy, among others.

Shankar was previously Policy Director at OneAmerica, where he worked on the frontlines of the immigrant rights struggle, and a technology lawyer at K&L Gates. Shankar has served in leadership roles on Seattle's Immigrant and Refugee Advisory Board, Detention Watch Network, the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, the Asian Bar Association of Washington, and the Ethnic Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee. He is a graduate of Bates College, Yale Law School, and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Shankar was named King County Bar Association's Outstanding Young Lawyer in 2010, and in 2018 received the Roberto Maestas Legacy Award from El Centro de la Raza.