Benjamin W. Cramer

Telecommunications and Media Industries

Benjamin W. Cramer

Teaching Professor

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  • Media and Telecommunications Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Privacy/Surveillance Law
  • Government Transparency
  • Democratic Theory
  • Political Economy of Communications


  • Bachelor's: Syracuse University
  • Master's: Penn State
  • Ph.D.: Penn State



Ben Cramer joined the Bellisario College in 2010 as a post-doctoral fellow and served as managing editor of the Journal of Information Policy. He was promoted to Teaching Professor in 2023.

His research focuses on media law and telecommunications policy, with concentrations in government transparency, democratic theory, privacy/surveillance and the political economy of communications. Environmental law is a significant outside interest. He teaches courses in telecommunications law, media law, environmental policy and writing.

He previously served as a visiting professor at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed/refereed journal articles, presents research regularly at leading scholarly conferences, and published the book Freedom of Environmental Information in 2011.

Cramer also has nearly a decade of experience as a curriculum designer and as a classroom instructor in the information technology field, and is the author/editor of eight general interest books about outdoor recreation.


Benjamin W. Cramer
23 Carnegie Building