Amy Kristin Sanders

Doha, Qatar

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Amy Kristin Sanders is an award-winning journalist and licensed attorney turned professor. She researches and teaches in the area of comparative media law at Northwestern University's campus in Doha, Qatar.

Before joining the NU-Q faculty as an associate professor in residence, she earned tenure at the University of Minnesota, where her research focused on the intersection of law and new technology. Specifically, she studies offensive speech on the Internet, social media, telecommunication regulation and policy and a number of other global media law and ethics issues.

Professor Sanders is a prolific researcher. She has authored more than a dozen scholarly articles in numerous law reviews and mass communication journals. She is the co-author, along with T. Barton Carter, Marc A. Franklin and Jay B. Wright, of the widely recognized casebook First Amendment and the Fourth Estate: The Law of Mass Media, published by Foundation Press. Professor Sanders is also the author of a chapter on obscenity, sexting and cyberbullying in Social Media and the Law: A Guidebook for Communication Students and Professionals.

In addition to her research, Professor Sanders spends a substantial amount of time advising organizations on social media ethics and policy. She also serves as an expert witness and has consulted with Fortune 500 media companies and state government agencies regarding pending litigation and regulatory proceedings. Professor Sanders regularly speaks to journalism, law and civic groups about topics including social media, the relationship between law and new technology and media ethics.

At NU-Q, Professor Sanders has the privilege of teaching both first-year and upperclass students in media law and ethics as well as media & society. In addition, she continues to advise doctoral and dual-degree (MA/JD) students at the University of Minnesota.

Before joining the professoriate, Professor Sanders worked as a copy editor and page designer for the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, a New York Times Co. newspaper. She earned a Ph.D. in mass communication law from the University of Florida. She completed her M.A. in professional journalism and her Juris Doctorate at the University of Iowa.

  • Work
    • Northwestern University in Qatar
  • Education
    • Ph.D., University of Florida; J.D., University of Iowa