Jennifer Jenkins

Director, Center for the Study of the Public Domain


 

Jennifer Jenkins is a Senior Lecturing Fellow teaching intellectual property and Director of Duke's Center for the Study of the Public Domain, where she heads its Arts Project - a project analyzing the effects of intellectual property on cultural production. She is co-author of Bound By Law, a comic book about copyright, fair use, and documentary film, and several short pieces on intellectual property issues.

Jenkins received her B.A. in English from Rice University, her J.D. from Duke Law School, and her M.A. in English from Duke University. After graduation from Duke, she joined the firm of Kilpatrick Stockton in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was a member of the team that defended the copyright infringement suit against the publisher of the novel "The Wind Done Gone" (a parodic rejoinder to “Gone with the Wind”) in Suntrust v. Houghton Mifflin. While in Atlanta, she also guest-lectured on copyright law at the Emory University School of Law and Kennesaw State University. At Duke, she co-authored, filmed, and edited "Nuestra Hernandez," a fictional documentary addressing copyright and appropriation. (This video was shown at the New York University Law School conference "A Free Information Ecology in the Digital Environment" and at the Duke University Conference on the Public Domain.)