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Beth Cate

Associate Professor
(812) 855-0563
SPEA Room 343

J.D. (Cum Laude), Harvard Law School, 1991
B.A., (Summa Cum Laude), Economics, George Washington University, 1988

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, 2011 to present
  • Associate General Counsel, Indiana University, 1998-2012
  • Adjunct Instructor, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, 1998-2011
  • Attorney, U.S. Operations, Eli Lilly and Company, 1996-1998
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Judge S. Jay Plager, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1994-1996
  • Associate, McKenna & Cuneo, Washington, D.C., 1991-1994

Awards, Honors & Certifications
Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University, 2013

Member, Phi Beta Kappa


  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Indiana
  • Supreme Court of the District of Columbia
  • Maryland Court of Appeal (high court)

Professional Interests
Data governance and regulation; intellectual property; Constitutional law and Supreme Court decisionmaking; religion in public life and governance.

Selected Publications
Full Vita (pdf)

  • "The Supreme Court and Information Privacy,” International Data Privacy Law (2012) 2(4): 255-6 (with Fred H. Cate).
  • "Privacy and the Supreme Court" (working title). This book examines the Supreme Court’s varied treatment of privacy over the past 30 years and seeks to explain how, why, and when the Court extends protection to informational privacy and the factors that influence the Court’s reasoning. This book is supported in part by a $24,000 grant from The Privacy Projects, Seattle, WA. (with F.H. Cate) (in progress).
  • “ U.S. Intellectual Property Law and Its Impact on Higher Education: Recent Victories and Long-Term Visions” (working title). This article analyzes developments in patent and copyright law over the past fifty years and the extent to which they have promoted or hindered research and teaching within higher education, and suggests certain reforms (in progress).
  • “Forward FERPA: The Future of Student Records Privacy” (working title).
  • “Legal Considerations in Phishing Research,” in Markus Jakobsson & Steven Myers, eds., Phishing and Countermeasures: Understanding the Increasing Problem of Electronic Identity Theft (Wiley 2007).