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About Erik Ugland

My research falls into three primary tracks. The first is focused on ethics and is broadly concerned with journalistic identity, professionalism and accountability. The second addresses the legal distinctions between acquiring and disseminating information, and particularly considers the constitutionality of government restraints on newsgathering technology and practices by journalists and citizens. The third is examines the policy rationales and constitutional theories underlying government control of digital media. I am also interested in comparative analyses of these subjects, particularly their treatment by the European Court of Human Rights.


2010 - Present Associate Professor, Marquette University Digital Media
2010 - 2013 Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Marquette University College of Communication
2002 - 2010 Assistant Professor, Marquette University Broadcast and Electronic Communication

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Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar Award, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, Spring 2014
  • Rev. John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, Marquette University, 2010
  • Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression, National Communication Association, 2009
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Diederich College of Communication, Marquette University, 2008
  • Promising Professor Award, Mass Communication & Society Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2006
  • Carol Burnett/University of Hawaii/AEJMC Prize for media ethics scholarship, 2000


  • Media Law (Law School)
  • Media Law (Graduate Program)
  • Digital Media Law and Policy (Undergraduate/Graduate Programs)
  • Ethical Problems in Mass Communication (Undergraduate)
  • Media Law (Undergraduate)
  • Media and Society (Undergraduate)


2002 PhD, University of Minnesota ‐ School of Journalism and Mass Communication
1999 MA, University of Minnesota ‐ School of Journalism and Mass Communication
1995 JD, University of Minnesota ‐ Law School
1991 BA, University of Minnesota ‐ Department of Political Science

Contact Information

J. William & Mary Diederich College of Communication
Marquette University
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
414-288-5227 fax


Articles (12)

Book Chapter (1)

Book Chapters (2)

Essays & Shorter Works (13)