Mary Anne Franks

Professor of Law

Social Justice/Public Interest Concentration Affiliated Faculty
J.D. 2007, Harvard Law School
D.Phil 2004, Oxford University
M.Phil 2001, Oxford University
B.A. 1999, Loyola University

Phone: 305-284-5345
Office: G385

Mary Anne Franks, Professor of Law, teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, First Amendment law, family law, and Law, Policy, and Technology. She is the Vice-President and Legislative & Tech Policy Director of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating online abuse and discrimination. Professor Franks authored the first model criminal statute on “revenge porn,” the unauthorized disclosure of private, sexually explicit images, and helped draft the federal Intimate Privacy Protection Act, introduced in Congress in July 2016. She is the reporter for the Uniform Law Commission’s Committee on the Unauthorized Disclosure of Intimate Images and has advised both state and federal legislators on laws relating to sexual privacy, extortion, harassment, and threats. She also works with tech industry leaders, including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft, on privacy and abuse issues.

Professor Franks is the author of Enemies of the Constitution: Fanaticism in American Law and Politics (Stanford University Press, forthcoming 2018). She has published more than two dozen articles and essays in publications such as the California Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, and the Illinois Law Review, as well as numerous articles for the popular press, including the Atlantic, the Guardian, TIME Magazine, and the Huffington Post. Professor Franks has delivered over 70 lectures to a range of audiences in the U.S. and internationally, including law schools, domestic violence organizations, law firms, and tech companies.
Professor Franks holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School as well as doctorate and master’s degrees from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Before she began teaching at UM, Professor Franks was a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School and taught social studies and philosophy at Harvard University. In 2013, she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.


Injury Inequality, Injury and Injustice: The Cultural Politics of Harm and Redress (2018).

Democratic Surveillance, 30 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 425 (2017).

How Stand-Your-Ground Laws Hijacked Self-Defense, Guns and Contemporary Society: The Past, Present, and Future of Firearms and Firearm Policy 141 (2016).

Men, Women, and Optimal Violence, 2016 U. Ill. L. Rev. 929 (2016).

Where the Law Lies: The Costs of Constitutional Fictions, Law and Lies: Deception and Truth-Telling in the American Legal System (2015).

Real Men Advance, Real Women Retreat: Stand Your Ground, Battered Women’s Syndrome, and Violence as Male Privilege, 68 U. Miami L. Rev. 1099 (2014).

I Am/I Am Not: On Angela Harris’s "Race and Essentialism in Feminist Legal Theory", 102 Cal. L. Rev. 1053 (2014).

Criminalizing Revenge Porn, with Danielle Citron, 49 Wake Forest L. Rev. 345 (2014).

How to Feel Like a Woman, or Why Punishment is a Drag, 61 UCLA L. Rev. 566 (2014).

Sexual Harassment 2.0, 71 Md. L. Rev. 655 (2012).

When Bad Speech Does Good, 43 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 395 (2012).

Lies, Damned Lies, and Judicial Empathy, 51 Washburn L.J. 61 (2011).

Unwilling Avatars: Idealism and Discrimination in Cyberspace, 20 Colum. J. Gender & L. 224 (2011).

The Cult of the Constitution, Stanford University Press, .

Revenge Porn Reform: A View From the Front Lines, .

Augmented Inequality , U.C. Davis L. Rev..

What Sexting Covers Up, GenXXX: A Guide to Helping Children Navigate Sexually Explicit Media .

Feminism and the First Amendment, Research Handbook on Feminist Jurisprudence .

Not Where Bodies Live: The Abstraction of Internet Expression, Free Speech in the Digital Age .

There Ought to be a Law: The New Crime of “Revenge Porn” , Applied Ethics in Criminal Law .

Justice Beyond Dispute: A Book Review of Digital Justice, Harvard Law Review.

 Media Appearances

Washington Post, Facebook is testing ways to stop people from stealing profile pictures June 21 2017

BBC, Michelle Carter: What the texting suicide case tells us June 17 2017

USA Today, Texting suicide verdict could set bad precedent, legal experts say June 17 2017

CNN, Facebook's imperfect fight against revenge porn June 1 2017

Washington Post, Why Facebook’s censorship problem may not get any better any time soon May 22 2017

Rolling Stone, How Two Marines Helped Bring Down Revenge Porn on Facebook May 5 2017

CNN Hunt for Facebook Murder Suspect Ends With His Suicide, April 18 2017

CNN, Facebook Launches Photo-Matching Tools to Combat Revenge Porn April 5 2017

Wall Street Journal, Facebook Takes Aim at ‘Revenge Porn,’ April 5 2017

NBC, Marines Photo Scandal: What Can Revenge Porn Victims Do? March 10 2017

NPR, 1A, Sex Crimes in Cyberspace March 9 2017

Wall Street Journal, Facebook, Rushing into Live Video, Wasn’t Ready for Its Dark Side March 6 2017

Wall Street Journal, Another Live-Streamed Suicide Puts Spotlight on Social Media Ethics January 25 2017

BBC, Should you be allowed to delete yourself from the internet? January 16 2017

BBC, Conversations with a Hacker January 15 2017

Wall Street Journal, Live Video Grows as Platform to Broadcast Violence January 12 2017

CNN Ethical questions over Facebook Live January 6 2017

Reuters, Facebook Live streaming of shooting spotlights ethical, legal policies July 8 2016

New York Times, Peter Thiel, Tech Billionaire, Reveals Secret War With Gawker, May 25 2016

New York Times, As ‘Sextortion’ Proliferates, Victims Find Precarious Place in Legal System May 10 2016

The Takeaway, Legal Experts Remember Scalia's Best and Worst Opinions February 19 2016

Magazine: Bitch Magazine 2015

Washington Post, George Zimmerman was suspended from Twitter after doxing an ex-girlfriend December 3 2015

Wall Street Journal, 'Sexting' Case Rocks Colorado Town November 8 2015

Women’s Media Center, Live with Robin Morgan, October 24 2015

This Week in Law October 16 2015

Washington Post, N.C. just prosecuted a teenage couple for making child porn - of themselves, September 21 2015

Fusion, Miami Porn: Sex Work in the Sunshine State July 19 2015

Magazine: Glamour June 2015

CNN, Google bans revenge porn June 19 2015

New York Times, Google to Remove 'Revenge Porn' Images from Search Results, June 19 2015

TV: CBS May 20 2015

Washington Post, The revenge pornographers next door March 19 2015

HuffPost Live, How Celebs Are Challenging Online Hate Speech March 18 2015

Thom Hartmann’s The Big Picture, Everything You Know is Wrong - About Revenge Porn March 3 2015

Washington Post, Activists in the war against revenge porn are finally seeing results, February 20 2015

Washington Post, The government just took a huge step in the fight against revenge porn January 30 2015

New York Times, Law Firm Founds Project to Fight ‘Revenge Porn,’ January 29 2015

HuffPost Live, Will the Supreme Court Protect Online Threats? December 1 2014

C-SPAN, Technology and Sexual Privacy, November 6 2014

Al Jazeera America, Consider This, Did the DEA Cross the Line With This Fake Facebook Account? October 8 2014

Washington Post, The Legal System Hasn’t Adapted to What Jennifer Lawrence Calls a “Sex Crime,” October 8 2014

New York Times, Campus Police Acquire Military Weapons September 21 2014

Internet: Daily Dot April 15 2014

New York Times, The Gun Report March 26 2014

MSNBC, Can women stand their ground? Depends on the target March 20 2014

New York Times, Florida Self-Defense Law Hung Over Jury in Michael Dunn Trial February 16 2014

Bloggingheads Interrobang, Online Harassment and Free Speech January 16 2014

Internet: The Rhodes Project 2013

Newspaper: Miami New Times November 28 2013

Wall Street Journal, Anti-Revenge Porn Activists Seek Federal Law November 25 2013

Your Weekly Constitutional with Stewart Harris, Revenge Porn, (featured guest November 22 2013

The Garland Report, Masculinity in Crisis, October 29 2013

Al Jazeera America, The Stream, Haunted in Cyberspace after Domestic Violence October 22 2013

National Public Radio, All Things Considered, Calif. Bans Jilted Lovers From Posting ‘Revenge Porn’ Online, October 2 2013

New York Times, Victims Push Laws to End Online Revenge Posts September 23 2013

Wall Street Journal, Zimmerman Murder Trial Begins, June 24 2013

Wall Street Journal, Zimmerman Murder Trial Begins, June 24 2013

Magazine: Ocean Drive May 28 2013

The Today Show, 'Revenge Porn’ Victim Fights Back: ‘I Was Terrified’, May 3, 2013 May 3 2013

National Public Radio’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook, Justice, Social Media, and the Rape Case in Steubenville, (featured guest) March 18 2013

Radio New Zealand’s Saturday Morning program, Creepshots and Bullying, (featured guest), September 29 2012

The Today Show, The Trial of the Girlfriend-Adopting Millionaire, March 6 2012

ABC News, Casey Anthony Trial: Her Father Fights Back, June 15 2011

Internet: CNN October 16 2017

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