Doctoral Advisor: Dr. Clay Calvert, Stanford University
Hometown: Minden, Louisiana
Austin Vining is a Graduate Research Fellow with the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project and a doctoral student studying communication law. In 2017, his co-authored works garnered Top Student Paper awards from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s regional and national conferences for the Law & Policy Division. He serves on the board of directors for The Independent Florida Alligator and as bibliographer for AEJMC’s Law & Policy Division.
Before returning to academia, he worked as a professional journalist at community daily newspapers in Mississippi. His work in feature writing has earned awards from the Mississippi Press Association (MPA), the Louisiana Press Association (LPA), and the Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press. Managing Editors (APME). He recently published a column on the dangers of regulating fake news in newspapers across the South.
Master of Arts, Journalism – The University of Mississippi
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism – Louisiana Tech University
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology – Louisiana Tech University
Peer Reviewed Publications:
Clay Calvert, Austin Vining & Sebastian Zarate, Reining in Internet-Age Expansion of Exemption 7(C): Towards a Tort Law Approach for Ferreting Out Legitimate Privacy Concerns and Unwarranted Intrusions Under FOIA, SMU L. Rev., (2017). *Forthcoming
“Fake News and The First Amendment: Reconciling a Disconnect Between Theory and Doctrine” with Stephanie McNeff and Sebastian Zarate, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Annual Conference, Law & Policy Division, Chicago, IL, August 2017. *Top Student Paper
“Reining in Internet-Age Expansion of Exemption 7(C): Towards a Tort Law Approach for Ferreting Out Legitimate Privacy Concerns and Unwarranted Intrusions Under FOIA” with Sebastian Zarate, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Southeast Colloquium, Law & Policy Division, Forth Worth, TX, March 2017. *Top Student Paper
“Removing the Wool: Rethinking the Miller Test 40 Years Later,” Florida Society for the Social Sciences, Gainesville, Fla. April 2017.
Research interests include the First Amendment, FOIA and privacy law.
MMC 4200: Law of Mass Communications
- Teaching Assistant – Fall 2016, Fall 2017
- Sole Instructor – Summer 2017