Clay Calvert, a member of the State Bar of California and the Bar of the Court of the United States Supreme Court, is Professor and Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He previously served as the inaugural John & Ann Curley Professor of First Amendment Studies at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, where he taught for thirteen years.
He has authored or co-authored more than 120 law journal articles, publishing in journals affiliated with the law schools at Columbia, Georgetown, Harvard, New York University, Notre Dame, Penn, UCLA, USC, Northwestern and Vanderbilt, as well as the universities of Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia. Calvert is a frequent commentator in the national press, having been quoted The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and USA Today and having authored or co-authored several dozen op-ed commentaries published in newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Christian Science Monitor.
He is co-author, along with Don R. Pember, of the market-leading undergraduate media law textbook, Mass Media Law (19th ed. McGraw-Hill 2015), and is author of the book Voyeur Nation: Media, Privacy, and Peering in Modern Culture (Westview Press, 2000/2004).
Calvert received his J.D. with Great Distinction in 1991 from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law and then earned a Ph.D. in 1996 in Communication from Stanford University, where he also completed his undergraduate work with a B.A. in Communication in 1987.