Mary Anne Franks

Professor of Law

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

Phone: 305-284-5345
Office: G385

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.

 News / Media

Professor Franks participated in a HuffPost Live panel discussion with Jackson Katz and Brittney Cooper,Cultural Misogyny is to Blame for UCSB Shooting. The Huffington Post headlined her comments in Elliot Rodger’s Misogyny Manifesto is ‘Familiar’ to All Women, Professor Says.

Professor Franks is quoted by the Christian Science Monitor in two stories on Stand Your Ground laws, Montana killing: Deadly clash of teenage mischief, pot, and self-defense? and ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws: Two cases may suggest limits to their protections.

Professor Franks is quoted in Forbes,This Guy Hunts Down the Men Behind Revenge Porn Sites.

Professor Franks is profiled in The Daily Dot, Meet the Krav Maga-Fighting Law Professor Behind U.S. Revenge Porn Laws.

Professor Franks is quoted in US News & World ReportFederal ‘Revenge Porn’ Bill Will Seek to Shrivel Booming Internet Fad and in Gawker, The Case for Making Revenge Porn a Federal Crime.

Professor Franks is quoted in Al Jazeera America, Mixed Verdict in Dunn Trial Result of ‘Stand Your Ground,’ Experts Say.

02-16-14 and 03- 26-14 Professor Franks is quoted in The New York TimesFlorida Self-Defense Law Hung Over Jury in Michael Dunn Trial and The Gun Report.

Professor Franks is the featured guest on The Social Network Show on three episodes: CCRI Takes Aim at Revenge PornThe High Cost of Free Speech, and Cyber Civil Rights Awareness (KWDN).

Professor Franks appears on’s to discuss Online Harassment and Free Speech.

Professor Franks is quoted in Amanda Hess’s feature article for the Pacific Standard, The Next Civil Rights Issue: Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet.

Professor Franks is named one of the Miami New Times’ People of the Year 2013.

Professor Franks is featured in a panel discussion on HuffPost Live on the topic of Masculinity Throughout the Years. The Miami New Times writes about the episode in UM Law Professor Mary Anne Franks Issues Epic Feminist Beatdown on Vice Founder Gavin McInnes.

Professor Franks is quoted in a Cosmopolitan feature story, The Women Who Want to Make Revenge Porn Illegal.

Professor Franks is quoted in Slate, Why Do We Tolerate Revenge Porn?

Professor Franks is quoted in The New York TimesVictims Push Laws to End Online Revenge Posts.

Professor Mary Anne Franks in "Will California criminalize revenge porn?" inSalon.

Professor Mary Anne Franks in "Girl Cyber-Bullied, Hospitalized After Oral Sex Photos Go Viral" in the Huffington Post.

Professor Mary Anne Franks in "Abogada Mary Anne Franks sobre Quinta Enmienda a la que se acogió el dueño de Ferrari" in W Radio.

Professor Mary Anne Franks in "Experta dice caso Zimmerman debe abrir debate sobre armas e igualdad racial" in theOrlando Sentinel.

Professor Mary Anne Franks in "Una absolución de Zimmerman podría abrir un conflicto racial en EEUU" in el Nuevo Herald.

Professor Mary Anne Franks in "Prosecution Rests Its Case in Zimmerman Murder Trial" in The Wall Street Journal and in "Social media infiltrates Zimmerman trial" on WDAY News 6.

Professor Mary Anne Franks in "Testimony hurting Zimmerman prosecution" in USA Today.

Professor Mary Anne Franks weighs in in article "Zimmerman Murder Trial Begins" in The Wall Street Journal.

Professor Mary Anne Franks has continuing commentary on Trayvon Martin case on "Looking out for 'stealth jurors'" and "How social media impacts jury selection" and "George Zimmerman trial begins Monday" on ABC 10 News.

Professor Mary Anne Franks was profiled in Ocean Drive Magazine.

Professor Mary Anne Franks was interviewed in a segment on Revenge Porn on the TODAY Show.

Professor Mary Anne Franks is quoted in "A Victim Speaks: Standing Up to a Revenge Porn Tormentor" in's Betabeat.

Professor Mary Anne Franks was interviewed for "Florida may pass legislation making revenge porn illegal" on Southern California Public Radio; she was also quoted in "Legislators intend to outlaw 'revenge porn'" in The Tampa Tribune.

Professor Mary Anne Franks participates on a panel discussion on revenge porn on HUFFPOST LIVE; she is also quoted on the subject in "The Fight to Criminalize 'Revenge Porn'" in The daily Dose.

Professor Franks is a featured guest on National Public Radio’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook discussing Justice, Social Media, and the Rape Case in Steubenville.

Professor Mary Anne Franks in "2 Investigators: Website Demands $250 To Remove 'Revenge Porn'" on CBS Chicago.

Professor Mary Anne Franks discusses revenge porn case in the article "Public humiliation over private photos" in theSan Francisco Chronicle.

Professor Mary Anne Franks was quoted in The New Yorker on a story about Canadian teenager Amanda Todd and cyberbullying. Read article

Phone: 305-284-5345
Office: G385
Faculty Assistant

Claire Amador

Phone: 305-284-2476
Office: G264