Erik Ugland
Dr. Erik UglandMarquette University

Johnston Hall, 404C

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3494(414) 288-3923 (FAX)

Associate Professor of Digital Media and Performing Arts


Ph.D., 2002, University of Minnesota
M.A., 1999, University of Minnesota
J.D., 1995, University of Minnesota
B.A., 1991, University of Minnesota

Courses Taught

COMM 1200 Mass Media in Society
COMM 3900 Ethical Problems of Mass Communication
COMM 3800 Media Law
COMM 6500 Media Law
DGMD 4800 Digital Media Law and Policy

Research Interests

Media law and policy
First Amendment theory
Regulatory models and rationales
Media ethics and accountability

Professional Experience

Fellow, Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics & Law (University of Minnesota)
Research Associate, Freedom Forum World Center (Arlington, VA)
Research Associate, Media Studies Center (Columbia University)

Professional Affiliations

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
International Communication Association (ICA)
European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)

Selected Publications

Ugland, Erik, Smith, J., Drechsel, R., Hopkins, W., and Silver, D. (2014). The future of the press and secrecy. Communication Law & Policy, Vol. 19, No. 1.

Ugland, Erik and Lambe, J.L. (2010). Newspaper theft, self preservation and the dimensions of censorship. Communication Law & Policy, Vol. 15, No. 4.

Ugland, Erik (2010). The new abridged reporter's privilege: Policies, principles and pathological perspectives. Ohio State Law Journal, Vol. 71, No. 1

Ugland, Erik (2009). The aims of public scholarship in media law and ethics. Journal of Media Law and Ethics, Vol. 1, No. 1. Reprinted in Hazel Dicken-Garcia, ed., Beyond the ivory tower, Marquette Books.

Ugland, Erik (2009). Newsgathering, autonomy, and the special-rights apocrypha: Supreme Court and media litigant conceptions of press freedom. University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Vol. 11, No. 2.

Ugland, Erik (2008). Demarcating the right to gather news: A sequential interpretation of the first amendment. Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, Vol. 3, No. 1.

Ugland, Erik (2008). The Legitimacy and Moral Authority of the National News Council (USA). Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, Vol. 9, No. 3.

Presentation and Paper

Ugland, E. (2015, November). "Democratizing Surveillance: Power, Technology and the People's Right to Gather News," Paper presented at European Communication Research and Education Association, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Why Marquette

The University’s emphasis on cura personalis, community service, student-faculty interaction and the exploration of new ideas.