I am currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Science and Department of Sociology at the University of Kentucky. In Fall of 2019, I will become an Assistant Professor of media law and policy in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon.

My teaching and research are focused on issues of  law and technology, surveillance, media/internet law, and information law and politics. My primary research interests are in privacy and surveillance (particularly within the contexts of policing and criminal justice), access to information, and aspects of criminal law and criminal procedure that pertain to the use of ICTs by police or members of society. I am also Dialogue Editor for the journal Surveillance & Society and a Board Member of the Surveillance Studies Network (SSN).

My recent and on-going research 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 law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, including New Media & SocietyGovernment Information Quarterly, The Information Society, Surveillance & Society, Law & Social Inquiry, Indiana Law JournalNorth Carolina Law Review, BYU Law Review (forthcoming), UC Irvine Law Review (forthcoming), 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, 2019), and Privacy in Public Space: Conceptual and Regulatory Challenges (Edward Elgar, 2017). My forthcoming book, Radical Visibility: The Information Politics of Policing on Camera (based on socio-legal research into body-worn camera deployment by two police agencies in the Pacific Northwest) is currently under review (and advance contract) at The MIT Press. I am also currently 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. My documentary and video production work has been exhibited at museums in the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands, and has been screened at film festivals and on university campuses across the United States.

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 2018, I edited a special symposium section in Law & Social Inquiry on “Visual Data and the Law,” and in 2016, I co-edited a special debate section on police body cameras for Surveillance & Society.


Academic Positions

  • August 2019

    Assistant Professor

    University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication

  • 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)

  • Grad. Cert. 2013

    Graduate Certificate in Values in Society

    University of Washington (Seattle)

  • J.D. 2010

    J.D. in 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

Context, Visibility, and Control: Police Work and the Contested Objectivity of Bystander Video

Bryce Clayton Newell
New Media & Society 21 (1): 60-76
Publication year: 2019

Location Tracking by Police: The Regulation of ‘Tireless and Absolute Surveillance’

Bert-Jaap Koops, Bryce Clayton Newell, and Ivan Škorvánek
UC Irvine Law Review 9 (3): 635-698 (2019)
Publication year: 2019

Surveillance, Privacy and Public Space

Bryce Clayton Newell, Tjerk Timan, and Bert-Jaap Koops (editors)
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

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 43 (4): 1210-1235
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