I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky. My research is focused on legal and empirical questions at the intersection of surveillance, criminal procedure, policing, criminal law (cybercrime), irregular immigration, privacy, and access to information. I seek to understand how surveillance and information and communication technologies (ICTs) regulate human behavior (as forms of techno-regulation) and how they are regulated by law (or law-like systems of governance). At UK, I teach courses on Cybercrime, Internet Regulation, and Issues in ICT Policy.

My recent and on-going projects include research into the adoption of police body-worn cameras, the public disclosure of body camera footage and automated license (number) plate recognition databases, citizen video of police conduct, information seeking and technology use by undocumented/irregular immigrants, and the experiences of undocumented immigrants with, and perceptions of, state and private surveillance along international borders. I have published widely in peer-reviewed journals and law reviews, including the UC Irvine Law Review (forthcoming), North Carolina Law Review (forthcoming), Indiana Law Journal, Law & Social Inquiry, Government Information Quarterly, The Information Society, Surveillance & Society, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Maine Law Review, and Creighton Law Review (among others).  I have co-edited two books, Surveillance, Privacy, and Public Space (Routledge, 2018), and Privacy in Public Space: Conceptual and Regulatory Challenges (Edward Elgar, 2017). I am also currently writing a monograph for The MIT Press, based on my research into body-worn camera deployment by multiple American police agencies, and am editing a book on police body-worn camera policy and practice for Routledge.

I earned my Ph.D. in Information Science at the University of Washington, where I was affiliated with the Tech Policy Lab, the Value Sensitive Design Research Lab, the Comparative Law and Society Studies (CLASS) Center, and the Program on Values in Society. I received my Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law. I am licensed to practice law in California (currently inactive), and was a 2013 Google Policy Fellow, hosted by CIPPIC at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Ottawa, Ontario). Prior to coming to the University of Kentucky, I was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

I have discussed my research on NPR (All Things Considered) and written about body-worn cameras for Slate. My research has been cited in a variety of academic journals as well as the New York Times Magazine. In 2016, I co-edited a special debate section on police body cameras in Surveillance & Society.



Academic Positions

  • Present2017

    Assistant Professor

    University of Kentucky, School of Information Science

  • 20172015

    Post-Doctoral Researcher

    Tilburg University, Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

  • 20152011

    Research/Teaching Assistant (Doctoral Student)

    University of Washington, The Information School

  • 20142014

    Adjunct Instructor

    Bellevue College

  • 20112010

    Adjunct Instructor

    Utah Valley University


  • Ph.D. 2015

    Ph.D. in Information Science

    University of Washington (Seattle)

  • M.S. 2013

    M.S. in Information Science

    University of Washington (Seattle)

  • J.D. 2010

    J.D. (Law)

    University of California, Davis School of Law

  • B.S. 2006

    B.S. in Multimedia Communication Technology

    Utah Valley State College

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Location Tracking by Police: New Frameworks for Protecting Geolocational Privacy

Bert-Jaap Koops, Bryce Clayton Newell, and Ivan Škorvánek
UC Irvine Law Review, Vol. 9 (forthcoming, Spring 2019)
Publication year: 2019

Officer Discretion And The Choice To Record: Officer Attitudes Towards Body-Worn Camera Activation

Bryce Clayton Newell, Ruben Greidanus
North Carolina Law Review 96 (xx): xx-xx (forthcoming)
Publication year: 2018

Privacy as Antipower: In Pursuit of Non-Domination

Foreword (invited)
Bryce Clayton Newell
European Data Protection Law Review 4(1): 12-16
Publication year: 2018

Surveillance, Privacy and Public Space

Bryce Clayton Newell, Tjerk Timan, and Bert-Jaap Koops (editors)
Publication year: 2018

The Reasonableness of Remaining Unobserved: A Comparative Analysis of Visual Surveillance and Voyeurism in Criminal Law

Bert-Jaap Koops, Bryce Clayton Newell, Andrew Roberts, Ivan Škorvánek, Maša Galič
Law & Social Inquiry (forthcoming)
Publication year: 2018

Privacy in Public Space: Conceptual and Regulatory Challenges

Tjerk Timan, Bryce Clayton Newell, and Bert-Jaap Koops (editors)
Edward Elgar Publishing (Elgar Law, Technology and Society series)
Publication year: 2017