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Bill D. Herman

Bill Herman

Assistant Professor
Communications and Media Management
Joined Fordham: 2015

General Information:
140 W. 62nd Street, Room 106,
New York, NY 10023

Phone: 347.987.1538


Bill Herman studies the policy, politics, and political uses of digital technologies; his best-known work has advanced debates over copyright law and network neutrality. His first book, The Fight over Digital Rights: The Politics of Copyright and Technology,published in 2013, is available in paperback and e-book. His writings have appeared in journals such as Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Yale Journal of Law and Technology, and Federal Communication Law Journal.

Dr. Herman started a tenure-track position in 2008 at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where he taught until joining Fordham in 2015.


  • PhD: Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • Master’s: Speech communication, Colorado State University
  • Bachelor’s: Philosophy, Colorado State University

Research Interests

  • Copyright
  • Internet infrastructure policy, including network neutrality regulations
  • Political communication, especially via digital/social media
  • Media industries
  • Privacy regulation and industry privacy practices
  • Audience measurement



  • Herman, B.D. (2013). The Fight over Digital Rights: The Politics of Copyright and Technology. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Journal Articles:

  • Herman, B.D., & Kim, M. (2014). The internet defends itself: The network neutrality debate on the web. The Information Society 30(1), 31-44.
  • Herman, B.D. (2012). A political history of DRM and related copyright debates, 1987-2012. Yale Journal of Law & Technology 14, 162-225. Available at
  • Herman, B.D. (2012). Taking the copyfight online: Comparing the copyright debate in congressional hearings, in newspapers, and on the web. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 17(3), 354-368. Available at
  • Herman, B.D. (2008). Breaking and entering my own computer:The contest of copyright metaphors. Communication Law and Policy 13(2), 231-274.
  • Herman, B. D. (2006). Opening bottlenecks: On behalf of mandated network neutrality. Federal Communications Law Journal 59(1), 107-159. Available at
  • Herman, B. D., & Gandy Jr., O. H. (2006). Catch 1201: A legislative history and content analysis of the DMCA exemption proceedings. Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal 24(1), 121-190. Available at
  • Herman, B. D. (2006). Scratching out authorship:Representations of the electronic music DJ at the turn of the 21st Century. Popular Communication 4(1), 21-38. Available at
  • Ott, B.L., & Herman, B. D. (2003). Mixed messages:Resistance and reappropriation in rave culture. Western Journal of Communication, 67(3), 249-270.

Other Notable Publications:

  • Herman, B. D. (Mar. 14, 2015). ‘Emailgate’ shows Clintonian Exceptionalism — in Press Coverage, Not Her Behavior. USAPP: American Politics and Policy [London School of Economics].
  • Decherney, P., Herman, B., Silbey, J., & Tushnet, R.(2013). Surveying recent scholarship on fair use: A conversation. Cinema Journal 52(2), 138-150.
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Fair Use and Academic Freedom, International Communication Association (2010). Clipping Our Own Wings: Copyright and Creativity in Communication Research. [Lead author.]