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 Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His research has earned top paper awards from the Communication and 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.


  • 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: Media in a Changing World
  • JOUR 3775: Administrative Law and Regulation for Strategic Communication
  • JOUR 3776: Mass Communication Law
  • JOUR 4790: Election Coverage and Political Advertising
  • JOUR 4990: Charnley Project Course
  • JOUR 5552: Internet Law
  • Free Expression or Protected Speech? Looking for the Concept of State Action in News: Terry, Christopher, Anderson, J. C., Wiley, S. K. & Memmel, S. K., Journal of Media Law and Ethics, 8 , 2020. Link
  • Harlem Shake Meets the Chevron Two Step: Net Neutrality following Mozilla v. FCC. Terry, Christopher, Scott K. Memmel, Author, 2020. Link
  • Spanish-Language Radio and Issue Advertising: Targeting Latinos during the 2018 Elections. Terry, Christopher, Fernando Severino-Diaz, Author, 2020. Link
  • “Lost in a Novelty Mug: US Telecom, the FCC and Policy Resolution for Net Neutrality.”: Terry, Christopher, Scott Memmel and Ashley Turacek, Hastings Communication and Entertainment Law Journal, 41 1-34, 2019. Link
  • “Localism as a Solution to Market Failure: Helping the FCC Comply with the Telecommunications Act.”: Terry, Christopher, Federal Communications Law Journal. Link
  • “Hatching Some Empirical Evidence: Minority Ownership Policy and the FCC’s Incubator Program.”: Terry, Christopher, Caitlin R. Carlson, Communication Law and Policy.
  • “The Living Legacy of FCC Indecency Enforcement: Trump, ‘Shithole’ and Profanity in the News.”: Terry, Christopher, Journal of Media Law and Ethics, 7 30-40, 2019. Link
  • Judicial Elections and Issue Advertising: a Two State Study.”: Terry, Christopher, Mitchell Bard, University of Arkansas Little Rock Law Review , 39 579-590, 2018. Link
  • 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
  • "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
  • 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
  • "Minority Ownership: An Undeniable Failure of FCC Media Ownership Policy: Terry, Christopher, Widener Journal of Law, Economics & Race, 5 18-36, 2013. Link
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • “Diversity on Display: Framing in the Gay Perspective Radio Program.”: Terry, Christopher, Ryan C. Sugden, Journal of Radio and Audio Media, 25 240-252, 2018. Link