Social Justice/Public Interest Concentration Affiliated Faculty
J.D. 2007, Harvard Law School
D.Phil 2004, Oxford University
M.Phil 2001, Oxford University
B.A. 1999, Loyola University
Mary Anne Franks, Professor of Law, teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, family law, and First Amendment law. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 2007, having received her doctorate in 2004 and master's degree in 2001 in Modern Languages and Literature from Oxford University, where she studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. Before she began teaching at UM, Prof. Franks was a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to this, Prof. Franks taught social theory and philosophy at Harvard University. In 2013, she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.
Professor Franks' research and teaching interests include cyberlaw, self-defense, discrimination, free speech, and privacy. Her academic scholarship has appeared in the California Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, Illinois Law Review, and Columbia Journal of Law & Gender, among others. Professor Franks also publishes articles in the popular press including The Atlantic, the Guardian, TIME Magazine, and the Huffington Post.
Professor Franks serves as the Legislative and Tech Policy Director and Vice-President of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about online harassment and advocates for legal, technical, and social reform. In that capacity, Professor Franks advises tech industry leaders on privacy and abuse issues and has helped more than two dozen states and the federal government draft legislation to protect sexual privacy.