Professor of Law
Ellen P. Goodman
Camden Law School East
217 N 5th St
Camden, NJ 08102

Ellen P. Goodman specializes in information policy law: free speech, media policy, privacy, data ethics, advertising, and digital platforms. She is co-director and co-founder of the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law and is a frequent contributor to The Guardian. She’s received a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Grant for a novel and a Ford Foundation Grant for work on public media policy.

  • Biography
  • Publications
  • Expertise

Professor Goodman specializes in information policy law.  Her research interests include freedom of expression, communications architectures, media and spectrum policy, disclosure as a policy tool, advertising law, and the informational aspects of sustainability policy. She is Co-Director and co-founder of the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law (RIIPL).  She blogs at and at, and contributes to The Guardian.    

Professor Goodman has been a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation grantee, conducting research on new legal challenges facing digital journalists.   She served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the FCC and helped in the production of a pathbreaking report on the Information Needs of Communities.  She has been a Ford Foundation grantee, conducting research on media policy principles for a networked age.  She is affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communication and has been a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics.  Professor Goodman has served as an expert before the National Academies of Science and Technology, the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Brookings Institution, and the Aspen Institute.     

Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in 2003, Professor Goodman was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling LLP and served as Of Counsel with the firm until 2009. Professor Goodman has visited at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communications, Wharton School of Business, and Law School, and has been involved with Penn’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership on green marketing issues.  She has also been a Fellow at the Rutgers University Center for Cultural Analysis.  Professor Goodman clerked for Judge Norma L. Shapiro on the U.S. Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, after graduating from Harvard Law School and Harvard College.  She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children, and enjoys running, swimming, biking, and the odd reality show.


Academic Articles

Other Articles


  • Public Media Policy Reform and Digital Age Realities in Communications Law and Policy in the Digital Age: The Next Five Years (Randolph May ed.) (Carolina Academic 2012)
  • Public Service Media Narratives in Handbook of Media Law and Policy: A Socio-Legal Exploration (Monroe E. Price & Stefaan G. Verhulst, ed.)(Routledge 2012)
  • FCC, Information Needs of Communities (2011) (principal author of 50 page nonprofit media section)
  • Spectrum Policy and the Public Interest in Television Goes Digital (Darcy Gerbarg ed., 2009)
  • Public Service Media 2.0 in … And Communications for All:  A Policy Agenda for a New Administration (Amit M. Schejter ed., 2009)
  • Public Television and Pluralistic Ideals in The Future of Public Service Broadcasting (Tim Gardam & David Levy ed., 2008)
  • Spectrum Sharing and Spectrum Efficiency in A Framework for a National Broadband Policy (Aspen Institute 2008)
  • Proactive Media Policy in an Age of Content Abundance in Media Diversity and Localism:  Meanings and Metrics (Philip M. Napoli ed., 2006)

Abstracts and electronic copies of some of Ellen Goodman's papers are available on her author page at the SSRN Electronic Library at:

  • Administrative Law
  • Advertising Law
  • Animal Law
  • Communications Law
  • Copyright Law
  • First Amendment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet Law
  • Media Law