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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 the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has taught “The First Amendment and Society,” “Banned Books,” “Political Communication,” and “Privacy.” He also co-teaches a course on legal issues involving drones at the Boyd School of Law.

Bates’ research focuses on the First Amendment. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of four books, with another one under contract. 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, the planning committee for the Vegas Valley Book Festival, and the Privacy Subcommittee of the Nevada Attorney General’s Technological Crime Advisory Board.


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

Stephen Bates In The News

Jan 25, 2017

For President Trump, negative news coverage must be the handiwork of partisan enemies. Ironically, the intelligence agencies took much the same approach when they assessed Russian interference in the election. Though it got much less attention than the analysis of hacking, the report released on January 6 includes a lengthy discussion of the Kremlin-funded TV network RT. No less than Trump’s diatribes about “the dishonest media,” the agencies’ examination of RT serves to remind us that media criticism isn’t a job for the federal government.

Oct 15, 2015

In its 14th year, the Vegas Valley Book Festival is loaded with so many interesting writers and educators that whittling down your options will be excruciating. Here’s a look at five of the free talks taking place October 17 at Downtown’s Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth Street.