Office of Undergraduate Research

Communication Law by Fiat

Presidents of the United States are able to effectively make law single-handedly through the use of executive orders. Although executive orders can have a huge amount of impact, they are relatively rarely the subject of study. This project will analyze the executive orders of President George W. Bush for all of the ways in which he effectively made law that affects information, communication, and/or culture during his presidency. This may be the first in a series of president-specific studies of information policy in presidential executive orders.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Students will engage in both secondary and primary research, from in-depth multi-step bibliographic searching through coding and the use of software designed to support large research projects. Students in communication, political science, information science, journalism and media studies, film, and sociology may find the subject matter of particular interest.