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Samantha Barbas

Professor of Law
University at Buffalo School of Law


First Amendment, privacy law, mass communications law, American legal history

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Samantha Barbas can speak to the media about topics at the intersection of law, culture, media and technology, including digital privacy and what “freedom of the press” means in a digital age.

Barbas researches and teaches in the areas of legal history, First Amendment law and mass communications law. Her recent book, “The Laws of Image: Privacy and Publicity in America,” details the history of libel and privacy in the United States. Another book, “Newsworthy: The Supreme Court's Battle Over Privacy and Freedom of the Press,” will be published in 2017 by Stanford University Press.

She has spoken to news outlets from the New York Times to the Washington Post about issues surrounding the media and privacy, including Hulk Hogan’s privacy suit against Gawker.


Samantha Barbas, JD, PhD
Professor of Law
University at Buffalo School of Law