Amy Gajda’s primary research interests relate to privacy, media law, and freedom of expression. Much of her work explores the tensions between social regulation and protected expression in contexts ranging from academic speech to news reporting. She is currently working on a book titled The First Amendment Bubble: Legal Controls on News and Information in an Age of Over-Exposure (under contract with Harvard University Press), exploring judicial analysis of journalistic news judgment and other publishing. Her first book, The Trials of Academe (Harvard Univ. Press 2009), focused on academic freedom. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and other national newspapers and she won numerous Associated Press awards for her radio commentaries on legal issues. She is a former television news anchor and reporter who practiced law in Washington, D.C., before starting her teaching career at the University of Illinois, and she is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and her home state of Michigan. She is the former chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Defamation and Privacy and its Section on Mass Communication, and the former head of the Law and Policy Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She teaches Torts, Privacy Law, Higher Education Law, and an introductory law course for undergraduates.
Fall 2012 - Torts; Information Privacy Seminar; Introduction to Law (undergraduate class)
Spring 2013 - Sabbatical
Other courses - Law of Higher Education Seminar