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T. Barton Carter

Chair MC/AD/PR Department, Boston University

Professor Carter has been Chair of the Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations Department since 2000. Former Head of the Law Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication as well as of the Law and Policy Division of the Broadcast Education Association, he is an attorney specializing in communication law and new communication technologies. He also coordinates the JD/MS in Mass Communication dual degree program and has taught courses in communication law and telecommunication regulation at the Boston University School of Law. He has co-authored three textbooks: The First Amendment and the Fourth Estate, The First Amendment and the Fifth Estate and Mass Communication Law in a Nutshell. He has also written articles and book chapters on libel, media access, free press/fair trial, obscenity, regulation of new communication technologies, the Patriot Act and rights protection for computer software.


  • –present
    Professor of Communication and Law, Boston University