Senior Lecturer, Penn State College of Communications and Affiliate Law Faculty
J.D., University of Washington School of Law
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., Macalester College
Professor Simmons focuses her research and writing on negotiation, media law and First Amendment issues. Prior to joining Penn State, she taught classes in journalism, newswriting, reporting, and negotiation at the University of Washington. During her fifteen-year career as a professional journalist, she was a managing editor, a wire service reporter, and a radio news director. She co-authored the Jury and Democracy: How Jury Deliberation Promotes Civil Engagement and Political Participation, published in 2010 by Oxford University Press.