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2021 Outstanding Faculty Award: School of Law

Professor Marc Blitz

Marc Jonathan Blitz is the Alan Joseph Bennett Professor of Law and Oklahoma City University School of Law. He writes on freedom of expression and privacy law. His scholarship has explored how emerging technologies raise challenges for courts applying First Amendment and Fourth Amendment doctrine. His recent work has explored the implications, for constitutional law, of virtual and augmented reality, dissemination of fake news and deep fake videos, drone technology, public video surveillance, biometric identification methods, and surveillance of Internet activity.

He has also written on the respects in which the First Amendment protects not only freedom of expression, but also freedom of thought and access to information. His work on this topic has explored questions about the nature of constitutional protection for freedom of thought (and its relationship free speech protection) and about the implications –for freedom of thought and other constitutional rights– of modern neuroscience and neuroscience technology, such as fMRI scanning technology. Professor Blitz is a series editor for the Palgrave Macmillan Series on Law, Neuroscience, and Human Behavior.

He has taught a wide range of classes at the Law School (including classes on free speech and other constitutional law topics, administrative law, computer law, cybersecurity law, and evidence). He has twice been selected as Professor of the Year by the Merit Scholars association at the Law School (in 2007 and 2018).

Prior to his teaching career, he worked as an attorney at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C. He has a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.