A.Jay Wagner
Dr. A.Jay WagnerMarquette University

Johnston Hall, 410B

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
414-288-4068Personal Website

Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies

Journalism and Media Studies


Ph.D., Indiana University, 2016
M.A., DePaul University, 2010
B.S., University of Dayton, 2006

Courses Taught

JOUR 4150 Investigative Reporting
JOUR 4997 Capstone in Journalism
COMM 6825 Government Information

Research Interests

Media law and policy
Access to government information
Freedom of Information Act
Political economy of information

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Bradley University, 2016-2018
  • Various roles for the Bloomington Herald Times, Bloom Magazine, Sun-Times Media Group and The Chicago Reporter, 2009-2015
  • Summer Associate, International Press Institute, 2012


  • A.Jay Wagner, A Structural Imperative: Freedom of Information, the First Amendment and the Accountability Function of Expression, Quinnipiac L. Rev. (forthcoming).
  • A.Jay Wagner, "Longstanding, Systemic Weaknesses": Hillary Clinton's Emails, FOIA's Defects & Affirmative Disclosure, U. Fla. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y (in press).
  • A.Jay Wagner, A Secret Police: The Lasting Impact of the 1986 FOIA Amendments, 23 Comm. L. & Pol’y 387 (2018).
  • A.Jay Wagner, Essential or Extravagant: Considering FOIA Budgets, Costs and Fees, 34 Gov. Info. Q. 388 (2017).
  • A.Jay Wagner, Controlling Discourse, Foreclosing Recourse: The Creep of the Glomar Response, 21 Comm. L. & Pol'y 539 (2016).
    • Reprinted in The U.S. Freedom of Information Act at 50 (W. Wat Hopkins ed., 2018).

Honors and Awards

Robert M. O’Neil Top Paper Award, NCA, Freedom of Expression Division, 2017
Top Debut Faculty Paper, AEJMC, Law & Policy Division, 2017
Top Paper, NCA, Communication & Law Division, 2016
DePaul University Excellence in Journalism Scholarship, 2010

Why Marquette

Marquette’s university-wide focus on social justice aligns with my aims in teaching and practicing journalism.

The curricular emphasis on community journalism and investigative reporting both prepares students for success and represents the social value of the field.

The storied journalism program, faculty and facilities make this a remarkable home for a teacher and scholar of journalism.