Jasmine E. McNealy is an assistant professor in the Department of Telecommunication, in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, where she studies information, media, technology, culture and community with a view toward influencing law and policy.

She holds a PhD in Mass Communication with and emphasis in media law, and a J.D. from the University of Florida, and Bachelor of Science degrees in  Journalism and Afro-American studies from the University of Wisconsin.


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My research is concerned with relationships between individuals and institutions in society. To that extent, my approach is predominantly that of a scholar of information, media, technology, and culture with a view toward influencing law and policy. My research integrates social science theories into the resolution of legal or policy related issues.

Current research examines interpretations of individual privacy and the impact of law on protections for private information in digital environs. I also continue research on journalism and media issues, particularly with respect to the use of new technology and audience engagement. In addition, I examine information literacy and ethics, in complement to the research on privacy, technology, and journalism . In this research I studies how interventions into individual knowledge of about information, broadly defined, influences their finding, evaluating, organizing, and sharing information behaviors.


  • McNealy, Jasmine E. “Spam and the First Amendment Redux: Free Speech Issues in State Regulation of Unsolicited Email,” Communication Law & Policy (accepted)
  • __________ “Online Commenters React Negatively to Newspaper Doxxing” forthcoming at Newspaper Research Journal, Summer 2017.
  • McNealy, Jasmine E. & Heather Shoenberger (2016) “Reexamining Privacy-Promising Technologies,” Tulane Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property, 19, 1-25.
  • McNealy, Jasmine E. (2015). “Rethinking Media Joint Activity with Law Enforcement,” University of Baltimore Journal of Media Law and Ethics, 4(3/4), 89-107.
  • ___________ (2008). “Angling for Phishers: Legislative Responses to Deceptive E-Mail,” Communication Law & Policy 13(2), 275-300.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

Book Chapters

  • McNealy, Jasmine E. “Account Ownership and Control,” in Social Media and the Law (D. Stewart, Ed.) expected 2017.
  • McNealy, Jasmine E., Flowers, A. (2015) “Privacy Law and Regulation,” in Privacy in a Digital, Networked World (S. Zeadally, Badra eds.).
  • McNealy, Jasmine E. (2013), “The Things They Carried (Away): The Intersection of Privacy, Property, and Information,” in Simon Denny: The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom (Matthias Michalka, Ed.) 57-64 (Book for art exhibit at Museum moderner Kunst Stifutung Ludwig Wien, Vienna).
  • ___________ (2011), “The Realm of the Expected: Redefining the Public and Private Spheres in Social Media,” in Social Media: Usage and Impact (H. Noor al-Deen & J.A. Hendricks Eds.) 255-269.


As an assistant professor in telecommunications with a focus on law and regulation, I primarily teach Telecommunications Law & Regulation (undergrad – required) and Telecommunications Regulation (grad) along with Communicating Privacy (grad), and currently Introduction to Media and Communications (undergrad). As graduate faculty, I serve as a member of many thesis/dissertation committees both within the College of Journalism and Communications and other colleges. I also advise undergraduate senior projects.

 RTV4700: Telecommunications Law & Regulation

This senior-level undergraduate course is required of all telecommunications majors. It is a media law survey course aimed at providing students with foundational knowledge of subjects like the First Amendment, copyright, defamation, privacy, etc.

RTV5702: Telecommunications Regulation

This graduate seminar presents an advanced, interdisciplinary discussion of telecommunication and information law, policy, and regulation. In examining these topics, the course emphasizes the intersection of technology, economics, public policy, and human and organizational behavior. Ultimately the course investigates the justifications for, and approaches to, current law and regulation impacting the technology and information sectors. Students to prepare questions and thoughts on readings in advance of class and to participate in class discussions and are required to complete policy papers that are submitted to national/international conferences. The course will soon be retitled, Technology Policy, and will cover media/communications technology more broadly and attract a more diverse group of students.

MMC6936: Communicating Privacy

I created this graduate course for Fall 2016 with the goal of  both training students to effectively communicate privacy and security information, and to recognize the importance of the interdisciplinary study of these topics. This seminar requires students to work in groups to complete a privacy policy/terms of service assessment and a final project proposal. Future classes will require that students complete a full paper for submission to a conference. This interdisciplinary course attracts graduate students from human-centered computing, cybersecurity, mass communication, and law. This course will soon be a permanent part of the CJC graduate course offerings.

Public Scholarship

I take an active approach to making my scholarship, and the scholarship of others,  public – or relevant to those outside of academia. Therefore, in addition to the traditional publication of journal articles and academic presentations, I have availed myself of other avenues of information distribution.


Since 2014 I have been the host of New Books in Technology, a podcast that brings the works of expert authors to a lay audience.

I am currently working on a new podcast, AcademiAaah, with Benny Torres.


From January 2016 – January 2017 I was a contributing editor for Platypus, the blog of CASTAC, a division of the American Anthropological Association, where I blogged about law, privacy, and data issues. Examples of my work can be found here.

I have also been invited to write for industry and professional organizations.

  • “The Emerging Right to be Forgotten,” American Bar Association Insights on Law and Society, vol. 12, iss. 3, Spring 2012.