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Professor of Journalism and Creative Media Industries, Texas Tech University

Lyombe Eko is a professor in the College of Media and Communication, Texas Tech University. His areas of research and teaching expertise are comparative and international communication studies, with an emphasis on Francophone and Anglophone Africa; comparative information and communication technology law and policy, with a focus on the European Union, the United States, France and the UK. He also studies visual communication (cartoons), human Rights, and freedom of expression. He has published four books, including the award-winning, The Charlie Hebdo Affair and Comparative Journalistic Cultures: Human Rights Versus Religious Rites (Palgrave Macmillan 2019), and New Media Old Regimes: Case Studies in Comparative Communication Law and Policy (2012); and The Regulation of Sex-themed Visual Imagery: From Clay Tablets to Tablet Computers (2016). He has also published numerous, widely cited articles in law review journals and refereed visual and international communication journals.

Before he joined Texas Tech in 2015, he was an associate professor at the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He was also Director of the African Studies Program at the University of Iowa. He has also taught at the University of Maine, Orono, Maine. He earned his PhD in Journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Before his academic career, he was a journalist at Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV), and an editor/translator and producer at the African Broadcasting Union (URTNA) in Nairobi, Kenya.


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    Professor of Journalism and Creative Media Industries, Texas Tech University