Richard Peltz-Steele


Richard Peltz-Steele

Chancellor Professor

Law School / Faculty




UMass School of Law 227


Duke UniversityJD
Washington & Lee UniversityBA


  • Tort law
  • Comparative law
  • Freedom of information law



A continuation of LAW 515, Torts I

A continuation of LAW 515, Torts I


Research interests

  • Civil/human rights and freedom of expression
  • Mass communication and journalism
  • Social and economic development
  • Sport and society

Professional background

Peltz-Steele received his law degree from Duke University and a bachelor’s in journalism and Spanish from Washington & Lee University. Peltz-Steele has won awards in teaching, research, and public service. He practiced commercial law in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and taught law for more than thirteen years before coming to UMass Law in 2011.

Peltz-Steele is author, co-author, or co-editor of qualitative and quantitative research in law and mass communication in journals and books, of treatises in law and development and access to information, and of textbooks in tort law and freedom of information. He is especially active in international media law and policy, having presented papers on five continents and having published in foreign journals and multinational collaborations. His current research focuses on comparative transparency in the context of development and in the private sector. Peltz-Steele serves in various roles in public service organizations, including the legal education committee of the American Bar Association, International Law Section.

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