Research Groups & Programs

Pennsylvania Center for the First Amendment

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A leading national research center about the First Amendment housed in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.

For more than 15 years, the Pennsylvania Center for the First Amendment has been a leader in education, research and outreach concerning the fundamental rights of free expression and free press in the United States. Founded in 1992, the Center has continuously provided educational programs, sponsored speakers, published books and articles in the popular and academic press, and served as a media resource on a wide array of First Amendment topics.

Expert Testimony, Commentary

The work product of the Center has been cited to Congress, state legislatures and the United States Supreme Court. By providing expert testimony to legislative bodies and the courts and expert commentary to the regional and national media, the Center’s co-directors regularly represent the Center to the public and extend its reach beyond the academic environment. This notion of public scholarship – disseminating research to a wide audience where it is both applicable and influential – lies at the core of the Center’s mission.

  • Adult Entertainment Law
  • Commercial Speech
  • Free Speech in Public Schools
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Freedom of the Press
  • Higher Education Speech Cases
  • Privacy, Cell Phones and YouTube
  • Protests and Demonstration
  • Reality Television
  • SLAPP Suits
  • Violent Video Game Laws

Publications and Recent Research

Publications by the Center’s members include three books, more than 75 law review articles and more than 100 op-ed pieces in some of the nation’s leading newspapers. These works are regularly cited in both academic and popular publications.