Christopher R Terry

Christopher Terry received his Ph.D. from UW-Madison in 2012. He spent 15 years in broadcast radio, and his research includes policy, regulatory and legal analysis of media ownership, media content and political advertising. He has published articles in a variety of journals and has been a frequent conference presenter. Terry served for six years as a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before becoming an assistant professor of Media Law at the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His research has earned top paper awards from the Law Division of the National Communication Association (NCA), the Law and Policy Division of the International Communication Association (ICA), and has received financial support from both the Industry Research Forum of AEJMC and the Center for Information Policy Research.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Mass Communication / Law, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 2012.
  • M.A.: Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, 2005.
  • B.A.: Radio-Tv-Film, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI, 1999.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Administrative Law, including Media Ownership and Advertising Regulation
  • political advertising
  • copyright, free expression, fair use, creativity, open access, scholarship, remix, publishing, distribution, creator rights
  • Digital Media Law
Courses Taught
  • JOUR 1001: Introduction to Mass Communication
  • JOUR 3775 Administrative Law and Regulation for Strategic Communication
  • JOUR 3776: Mass Communication Law
  • Candidate Appearances, Equal Time and The FCC’ s Online Public File Database: Empirical Data on TV Station Compliance During the 2016 Presidential Primary: Terry, Christopher, Catholic University of America Journal of Law and Technology, 25 .
  • An Opening for Quid Pro Quo Corruption? An Empirical Analysis of Issue Advertising In Wisconsin Judicial Races Before and After Citizens United: Terry, Christopher, Mitchell Bard, The Journal of Appellate Practice & Process, 16 , 2015. Image
  • Economy of Scale, Labor and Broadcastingʼs New Scarcity Principle: A Case Study in Resource Allocation for Broadcast Radio: Terry, Christopher, K.M. Baharul Islam and Nandita Roy, New Dehli, IIM Kashipur, New Directions in Media, 76-87, 2015.
  • "Minority Ownership: An Undeniable Failure of FCC Media Ownership Policy: Terry, Christopher, Widener Journal of Law, Economics & Race, 5 18-36, 2013. Link
  • "Milwaukee Radio Public File Data, 1998-2011: An Empirical Analysis of Issue AdvertisingAfter the BCRA and Citizens United: Terry, Christopher, Mitchell Bard, University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, 24 157-177, 2013. Link
  • "Politiques publiques de communication et diversité de l’information aux États- Unis: Terry, Christopher, David Pritchard, Brussels: Éditions De Boeck, Pluralisme de l'information et Media Diversity: Un état des lieux international, 2013.
  • Citizens United, Issue Ads, and Radio: An Empirical Analysis: Terry, Christopher, Mitchell Bard, CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communication Law and Policy, 20 307-321, 2012. Link
  • One Owner, One Voice? Testing a Central Premise of Newspaper-Broadcast Cross-Ownership Policy: Terry, Christopher, Pritchard, David, Brewer Paul, Communication Law & Policy, 13 1-28, 2008.