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

COMM 3800 Media Law
JOUR 4150 Investigative Reporting
JOUR 4600 Journalism History
COMM 4750 Media, Technology and Culture
JOUR 4997 Capstone in Journalism
COMM 6825 Government Information
COMM 6924 The 21st Century First Amendment

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


  • Popular Information: An Analysis of FOI Use and Behavior, Gov. Info. Q. (in press).
  • Inherent Frictions and Deliberate Frustrations: Examining the Legal Variables of State FOI Law Administration, J. Civic Info. (2021).
  • Piercing the Veil: Examining the Demographic and Political Variables of State FOI Law Administration, Gov't Info. Q. (2021).
  • Pandering, Priority or Political Weapon: Presidencies, Political Parties and the Freedom of Information Act, Comm. L. & Pol'y (2021).
  • A Structural Imperative: Freedom of Information, the First Amendment and the Accountability Function of Expression, Quinnipiac L. Rev. (2020).
  • "Longstanding, Systemic Weaknesses": Hillary Clinton's Emails, FOIA's Defects & Affirmative Disclosure, U. Fla. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y (2019).
  • A Secret Police: The Lasting Impact of the 1986 FOIA Amendments, 23 Comm. L. & Pol’y 387 (2018).
  • Essential or Extravagant: Considering FOIA Budgets, Costs and Fees, 34 Gov. Info. Q. 388 (2017).
  • 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

Federal FOIA Advisory Committee, 2020-2022
Third Place, National Freedom of Information Coalition Research Competition, 2021
First Place, National Freedom of Information Coalition Research Competition, 2020
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.