Ellen P. Goodman

Ellen P. Goodman

Professor of Law

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Law Office: E415
V: (856) 225-6393
F: (856) 580-6296

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Professor Goodman specializes in information policy law.  Her research interests include freedom of expression, communcications architectures, media and spectrum policy, dislosure 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 both riipl.rutgers.edu and at medium.com and she is a contributor to The Guardian.    

Professor Goodman is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation grantee, conducting research on new legal challenges facing digital journalists.  She recently served as a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics.  She was also 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.  Professor Goodman has served as an expert before the National Academies of Science and Technology, the Federal Communications Commission, the 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.




  • 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:

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