Stephen Bates

Associate Professor, Journalism and Media Studies
Expertise: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Privacy, The Constitution & First Amendment Law, Drones and Legal Issues


Stephen Bates is an associate professor in the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at UNLV. He has taught classes on the First Amendment, censorship, privacy, and law and technology.

Bates’ research focuses on freedom of speech. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of four books, with another one under contract to Yale University Press. His articles have appeared in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Communication Law and Policy, the First Amendment Law Review, and the International Journal of Communication, as well as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Wilson Quarterly. He holds an A.B. and a J.D. from Harvard University.

A former board member of the ACLU of Nevada, Bates is a member of the advisory board of the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV  as well as the planning committee for the Vegas Valley Book Festival.


  • J.D., Harvard University
  • A.B., Harvard University

Stephen Bates In The News

March 25, 2019
The arrival of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report Friday ended one guessing game in Washington and around the country (when will it drop?), but it immediately prompted a pressing new question: After waiting nearly two years, how much of the actual report, if any, will lawmakers and the public be allowed to see?
The Nevada Independent
March 8, 2019
After a Carson City judge handed down a goofy decision about Nevada’s shield law, I decided to do a little research. What I found was both exhilarating and infuriating.
February 11, 2019
As special counsel Robert Mueller prepares a final report on his investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 election and possible Trump campaign complicity, two historic presidential inquiries offer distinct -- and clashing -- models.
Las Vegas Review Journal
September 17, 2018
UNLV professor Stephen Bates is one of three legal experts who filed a petition in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Friday asking for a decades-old Watergate document to be made public.