David S. Allen

David S. Allen

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

576 Bolton Hall
Vita (pdf)


Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.A., The Pennsylvania State University
B.S., University of Wisconsin–La Crosse

Courses Taught:

JAMS 361: Media Ethics - Syllabus
JAMS 381: Controlling Dissent: Legal and Ethical Restraints on Expression in American Society - Syllabus
JAMS 559: Law of Mass Communication - Syllabus
JAMS 661: Seminar in Mass Communication and Society - Syllabus
JAMS 860: Seminar in Mass Communication: Newswork and the New Capitalism - Syllabus

Research Interests:

Media ethics, freedom of speech, media and political theory. Current research focuses on free speech zones and the management of dissent in democratic society.

Teaching Areas:

Media Ethics, Law of Mass Communication, News and the Construction of Reality

Selected Publications:

Democracy, Inc.: The Press and Law in the Corporate Rationalization of the Public Sphere, University of Illinois Press (2005).

Freeing the First Amendment: Critical Perspectives on Freedom of Expression, David S. Allen and Robert Jensen, eds., New York: New York University Press (1995).

Book chapters
"Creating Meaning, Creating Citizens: The U.S. Supreme Court and the Control of Meaning in the Public Sphere," in Communication and Law: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Research, eds. Amy Reynolds and Brooke Barnett. Mahway, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum (2006): 109-137.

"Jürgen Habermas and the Search for Democratic Principles," in Moral Engagement in Public Life: Theorists for Contemporary Ethics, eds. Sharon L. Bracci and Clifford G. Christians. New York: Peter Lang Publishing (2002): 97-122.

"The First Amendment and the Doctrine of Corporate Personhood: Collapsing the Press-Corporate Distinction," Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism, 2, 3 (December 2001): 255-278.

"Merging Law and Ethics: Discourse Legal Theory and Freedom of Expression in Hurley," Communication Law & Policy, 4, 4 (Autumn 1999): 403-430.