Erin CoyleErin K. Coyle

Associate Professor
Douglas L. Manship, Sr. Professor
215 Hodges Hall | (225) 578-2098 | | CV


Erin Coyle became interested in freedom of expression, access to information, and privacy when covering government issues and breaking news for several newspapers between 1998 and 2003. Since she joined the faculty at Louisiana State University, she has published a scholarly book and several articles on freedom of expression and privacy.  

Coyle teaches mass communication law, history, ethics, and writing courses. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. As a doctoral student, she also served on the First Amendment Law Review. 

Selected Publications

Coyle, E. (Winter 2018). Saving human trafficking victims from additional stigma: Privacy versus publication rights related to identifying images. Journal of Human Trafficking, 4(1), 102- 104.

Dahmen, N., & Coyle, E. (Winter 2017). Obama White House photos limited by access policies, Newspaper Research Journal, 38(4), 439-448.

Coyle, E., & Dahmen, N. (Summer 2017). Filtering history: An historical analysis of photojournalists’ access to photograph the President of the United States from 1977 to 2009, American Journalism, 34(3), 333-352.

Coyle, E. (Spring 2017). Sunlight and shadows: Louis D. Brandeis on privacy, publicity, and free expression in American democracy, Touro Law Review, 33(1), 211-258.

Coyle, E. (Spring 2017). Press freedom and citizens’ right to know in the 1960s: Sam Ragan’s crusade to provide the public with access to criminal justice information, Journalism History,43(1), 44-55.

Coyle, E., & Robinson, E. (Winter 2017). Chilling journalism: Can newsgathering be criminal harassment or stalking?, Communication Law & Policy, 22(1), 65-122.

Coyle, E. (2014). E. L. Godkin’s criticism of the penny press: Antecedents to a legal right to privacy, American Journalism, 31(2), 262-282. 

Jeong, Y., & Coyle, E. (2014). What are you worrying about on Facebook and Twitter? An empirical investigation of young social network site users’ privacy perceptions and behaviors,Journal of Interactive Advertising, 14(2), 51-59.

Coyle, E. (2012). The press and rights to privacy: First Amendment freedoms vs. invasion of privacy claims. El Paso, TX: LFB Scholarly.

Coyle, E. (2009). Moral duty of publicity: Louis Dembitz Brandeis' crusades for reform in the press and public affairs, Journalism History, 35(3), 162-167.