Anuj C. Desai is the William Voss-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin, where he teaches in both the Law School and the School of Library and Information Studies, offering classes in First Amendment, Legislation, Legislation and Regulation, Intellectual Freedom, and Cyberlaw. He currently also serves as a part-time Commissioner of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, an independent, quasi-judicial agency of the United States Department of Justice that adjudicates claims of U.S. nationals against foreign governments; and as a member of a National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine's panel studying options for the future management of dual-use research of concern
Professor Desai has served as a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China; National Tsing Hua University Institute of Law for Science and Technology in Hsinchu, Taiwan; and National Taiwan University College of Law in Taipei, Taiwan. He has also served as an administrative appellate judge, as a member of the Administrative Review Board of the United States Department of Labor.
Before entering academia, he was in private practice with the Seattle, Washington firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He has also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Louis F. Oberdorfer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the Honorable David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Professor Desai is a graduate of Harvard College, Columbia University, and the UC Berkeley School of Law.