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Amy Kristin Sanders

Associate Professor
School of Journalism and Media


Amy Kristin Sanders is an award-winning former journalist, licensed attorney, and associate professor of media law in the School of Journalism and Media. She is also an associate professor of law (by courtesy) at the School of Law. Before joining the UT-Austin faculty, she taught at Northwestern University’s campus in Doha, Qatar. Prior to that, she earned tenure at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the intersection of law and new technology as it relates to free expression. Specifically, she focuses on international and comparative media law and policy issues, including media freedom, access to information and government transparency, freedom of speech, and social media.

Sanders has authored more than two dozen scholarly articles in numerous law reviews and mass communication journals, including the Georgia Law Review, Tulane Law Review, the Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law, Federal Communication Law Journal, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, and Communication Law & Policy. Her research has been funded by multiple grants, most recently from the National Science Foundation. She is a co-author of the widely recognized law school casebook First Amendment and the Fourth Estate: The Law of Mass Media, published by Foundation Press (Thomson Reuters). 

In addition to her research, Sanders advises organizations on media law and policy issues. An expert witness and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Sanders has counseled international governments and law firms regarding regulatory proceedings, policy development, and pending litigation. She has been quoted by the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Reason Magazine, Mother Jones, Wired, the Dallas Morning News, and numerous other media outlets. Sanders has published opinion columns in several newspapers, including in the Houston Chronicle.

As a teacher, Sanders has developed and taught courses on comparative media law, surveillance, media ethics, and media leadership. Her pedagogy work has been funded by grants aimed to increase the use of technology in the classroom and to develop blended-learning curricula. Sanders enjoys traveling abroad with students on both academic and co-curricular trips and has taken students to the United States, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

Sanders worked as a copy editor and page designer for the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, then a New York Times Co. newspaper. She earned a Ph.D. in mass communication law from the University of Florida. She obtained her MA in professional journalism and her Juris Doctorate at the University of Iowa, where she focused her studies on media law.