Amy Kristin Sanders

Amy Kristin Sanders is an attorney, associate professor and former journalist. Before joining the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin, she taught for more than four years 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 media freedom. Specifically, she focuses on international and comparative media law and policy issues, including media freedom, internet governance, social media and digital literacy.

Sander has authored more than 20 scholarly articles in numerous law reviews and mass communication journals. She is a co-author of the widely recognized casebook First Amendment and the Fourth Estate: The Law of Mass Media, published by Foundation Press. 

An expert witness and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Sanders has advised international governments and law firms regarding regulatory proceedings, policy development and pending litigation. Sanders regularly speaks to media and civic groups about topics including media freedom, social media, media literacy and the impact of new technology on freedom of speech.

Sanders has developed and taught courses on comparative media law, media ethics, media leadership, sports and the media, and media and society. 

Sanders worked as a copy editor and page designer for the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun. 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.