Jonathan Peters is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Kansas, where he specializes in First Amendment and media studies, with an affiliate research position exploring big data and Internet governance in the ITTC. An attorney and the press freedom correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review, Peters has blogged about free expression for the Harvard Law & Policy Review, and he has written on legal issues for The Atlantic, Slate, The Nation, Wired, and PBS.
In his research, Peters uses a global legal-historical lens to examine issues at the intersection of new media and the law-from the balance of national security and free expression in the era of megaleaks, to the definition of a journalist in the digital age, to the privacy protections available to journalists who store data in the cloud. His current research explores the idea that private Internet companies are writing a significant chapter in the story of free expression by setting and enforcing their own content rules and community guidelines.
Peters is the First Amendment chair of the American Bar Association's Civil Rights Litigation Committee, the chair of the Ohio State Bar Association's Media Law Committee, and a member of the ACLU of Ohio's Board of Directors. He practices law during his time off campus as a volunteer attorney for the Online Media Legal Network at Harvard's Berkman Center, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Student Press Law Center, and the ACLU. And, most importantly, Peters has a puppy named Brooks, who is the greatest puppy ever.
Ph.D., Journalism, University of Missouri
J.D., Ohio State University
B.S., Journalism, Ohio University
Infomania, Internet Freedom, Media Law, Media Ethics, International Free Expression, Principles of American Journalism, Public Affairs Reporting, Feature Writing, News Writing.
Media law and policy
Technology and law
Philosophy of journalism