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  POSTED ON: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 1:23 PM by

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — U.S. Naval Academy Assistant Professor Jeff Kosseff, a native of East Brunswick, N.J., was recently named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for his book tentatively titled “United States of Anonymous Speech.”

“The book is under contract with Cornell University Press and will tell the story of the First Amendment right to anonymous speech, starting with the drafting of the Federalist Papers under the pen name "Publius," through current disputes over online anonymity,” said Kosseff. “The United States provides extraordinarily strong protections for anonymous speech, and the book will examine the social costs and benefits of this anonymity. It will rely on extensive archival research and interviews with litigants, lawyers, and judges who were involved in landmark anonymity cases.” 

This is the fifth year for the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program and Kosseff is one of 32 scholars selected for the 2019 award. Each recipient of the award will receive a grant of up to $200,000, making it possible for them to devote significant time to research, writing, and publishing in the humanities and social sciences.

Before becoming an assistant professor of cybersecurity law at the Naval Academy in 2015, Kosseff practiced cybersecurity, privacy, and First Amendment law at Covington & Burling. He also clerked for Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Before becoming a lawyer, he was a technology and political journalist for The Oregonian and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and recipient of the George Polk Award for national reporting. He received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A. and M.P.P. from the University of Michigan. 

The fellowship program was created in 2015 by Carnegie Corporation of New York. The goal of the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program is to support high-caliber scholarship and research that applies fresh perspectives from the humanities and social sciences to some of the most pressing issues of our times. The topics focus on a broad range of complex political, economic, technological, humanistic, and sociological matters.

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