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selected vitae

academic appointment

California State University, Fullerton, Department of Communications, Fullerton, CA 92834.

  • 2004-present (tenure and promotion awarded August 2009)


Ph.D., Mass Communication, 2002, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  • Dissertation: Cyberliberties and Cyberlaw: A New Approach to Online Legal Problem-Solving (advised by Donald M. Gillmor).

M.A., Political Science, 1988, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.

  • Emphases: constitutional law, civil liberties, women and politics (advised by Joel B. Grossman).

B.A., Journalism and Political Science, with Honors, 1987, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.

  • Senior honors thesis: The Quest for a Testimonial Privilege: The Case for a Wisconsin Shield Law (advised by MaryAnn Yodelis Smith). Thesis received Knapp-Brittingham Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Scholarship and University Bookstore Academic Excellence Award.

selected publications

  • Belmas, G. I. (2009). “Video Games” chapter in Stein, A. & B. B. Evans, An Introduction to the Entertainment Industry. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Belmas, G. I., Love, G. D. & Foy, B. G. (2007). In the dark: A consumer perspective on FCC broadcast indecency denials. Federal Communications Law Journal, 60(1), 67-109.
  • Belmas, G. I. & Larson, B. N. (2007). Clicking away your speech rights: The enforceability of gagwrap clauses. Communications Law and Policy, 12(1), 37-89.
    • Work discussed on Future Tense, American Public Media, June 22, 2007.
    • Read it here.
  • Larson, B.N. & Belmas, G. I. (2007). Second class for the second time: How the commercial speech doctrine stigmatizes commercial use of aggregated public records. University of South Carolina Law Review, 58(4), 935-994.

courses taught at csuf

  • Comm 233—Mass Communication in Modern Society
  • Comm 407—Communications Law
  • Comm 422—Communications Technologies
  • Comm 438T—Investigative and Computer-Assisted Reporting
  • Comm 496—Teaching Internship
  • Comm 508—Humanistic Research of Communication (graduate)
  • Comm 599—Independent Study (graduate)
  • Advise numerous graduate students on masters theses and projects

invited speaking engagements

  • "Media Law Update." (2009). Journalism Association of Community Colleges faculty meeting, January 24, 2007, Morro Bay, Calif.
  • “Did I Really Post That?” (2007). Presented at “12 th Annual Free Speech & Open Government Assembly,” California First Amendment Coalition, Oct. 25-26, 2007, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • “Liability for Social Networks.” (2006). Presented at “In Contempt: 11th Annual Free Speech & Open Government Assembly,” California First Amendment Coalition, Sept. 29-30, 2006, Berkeley, Calif.

awards and honors

  • CSUF Faculty Research Grants, Spring 2008 and Summer 2008 (intramural) for legal research.
  • CSUF Outstanding Faculty Recognition: Teacher Scholar Award, April 2008, recognizing exceptional teaching effectiveness.
  • CSUF Outstanding Faculty Recognition: Scholarly and Creative Activity Award, April 2007, recognizing scholarship that results in the highest quality, peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Great Ideas for Teachers (GIFT) Award 2005, AEJMC 2005.