BA, The University of Michigan
JD, Wayne State University
Amy Gajda, Tulane Law School’s Class of 1937 Professor of Law, is a journalist turned lawyer. She is recognized internationally for her expertise in privacy, media law, torts, and the law of higher education; her scholarship explores the tensions between social regulation and First Amendment values, particularly the shifting boundaries of press freedoms and rising public anxieties about the erosion of privacy.
Gajda’s latest book, Seek and Hide: The Tangled History of the Right to Privacy, will be published by Viking in 2022. Harvard University Press published her two earlier books, TThe First Amendment Bubble and The Trials of Academe. Her scholarly articles have appeared in journals including the American Historical Review, the California Law Review, the Georgia Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, and the Washington Law Review; and, in addition to a number of chapter contributions, she is an author of the leading casebooks Media Law (Foundation Press) and Law and Higher Education (Carolina Academic Press). Gajda is also currently serving as an advisor on the American Law Institute’s new Restatement on Defamation and Privacy, a multi-year project.
On the journalism side, Gajda’s opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, and the New York Daily News, among others, and she is regularly quoted in media including The Guardian, The New Yorker, and the CBS Morning News. Her regular contributions to Illinois Public Radio stations won seven Associated Press awards.
As a first-generation college student, Gajda is a particularly proud winner of both the Felix Frankfurter Award for Distinguished Teaching, Tulane Law School’s highest teaching honor, and the Tulane President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Tulane University’s highest teaching honor.
Before joining Tulane’s faculty in 2010, Gajda worked as a television news anchor and reporter in cities mainly in the Northeast. After attending law school in Detroit, the city where she grew up, she practiced law in Washington, D.C., and thereafter held faculty appointments in the law and journalism schools at the University of Illinois. She’s been a visiting professor at Brooklyn Law School and at several universities in Europe and Asia, teaching privacy law and media law. She has chaired the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Defamation and Privacy and its Section on Communication, Media & Information Law, and also led the Law and Policy Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.