A Hasinoff headshot 2016.4

I am an Associate Professor in the Communication department at the University of Colorado Denver. I earned my PhD from the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and completed a postdoc funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada at McGill. I was a research fellow at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg in Germany and with the American Council of Learned Societies

I study gender, sexuality, media, and how people respond to harm. I am especially interested in how communication technologies are misunderstood as both the cause of and solution to social problems.

My book, Sexting Panic (2015), is about the well-intentioned but problematic responses to sexting in mass media, law, and education. This book won the National Communication Association’s Diamond Anniversary Book Award in 2016. My research also appears in journals such as New Media & Society, International Journal of Communication, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and Feminist Media Studies.

I am currently working on restorative and transformative justice approaches to online harm, including image-based sexual abuse. I am also interested in how consent is central both to how the internet and digital technologies work and to how people think about sex. In a new project with Dylan Mulvin, we explore how a reliance on consent—in sex and in data—can fail to prevent harm or achieve justice.

Photo: Philipp Schwarz

I am available to give keynotes and workshops on online harm, sexting, social media, digital privacy, and consent. I also do consulting work for educational organizations and advocacy groups, and can serve as an expert witness.

My last name is pronounced HAZ-in-off.

Pronouns: she/her.


Amy A. Hasinoff
University of Colorado Denver
Department of Communication
Campus Box 176
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Op Eds and popular press

My op ed in the New York Times, (April 4, 2016): “Teenage Sexting Is Not Child Porn.”

NYT op ed graphic

The promise of restorative justice in addressing online harm,” with Anna D. Gibson and Niloufar Salehi, Brookings TechStream (2020)

What to Do If You’re a Victim of Revenge Porn,” Teen Vogue (2018)

The policy that the US porn industry has and Facebook needs,” CNN.com (2017)

What to Do When Your Child Takes Nude Selfies,” TIME.com (2015)

TED talks, video, and audio

Guest on You’re Wrong About, June 2019

“We’re uncomfortable with the evidence that teen girls have sexual agency.” Special guest Amy Hasinoff tells Mike and Sarah how a moral panic became a legal nightmare. Digressions include Cosmo advice columns, Grindr etiquette and the revolutionary hugging of the "Avengers" movies. Due to the ongoing hex placed on this podcast, the sound quality is worse than usual.Continue reading →Support us:Subscribe on PatreonDonate on PaypalBuy cute merchWhere to find us: Sarah's other show, Why Are Dads Mike's other show, Maintenance PhaseSupport the show
TEDxMileHigh, June 2016
TEDxVienna, May 2016
PC Mag live interview, April 6, 2017
Interview on CNN, November 9, 2015:
Extended interview on “Hopped up Anthropology:”
Here’s a segment from a Popaganda episode in which I talk about privacy and sexting:

Here’s an interview conducted at a conference in 2010: