Brett G. Johnson

Assistant Professor

Doctoral Faculty, Journalism Studies

208 Neff Hall
Missouri School of Journalism
Columbia, MO 65211-1200

BRETT JOHNSON is an assistant professor of journalism studies in the Missouri School of Journalism where he teaches courses in mass communication law.

Johnson employs traditional legal research methods as well as mixed- and multi-method approaches to study the social impacts of the rapidly-changing legal and technological regimes governing online communication. Johnson’s research is grounded in a strong appreciation for First Amendment theory, which allows him to assess the fluid and oft-conflicting interplay between the law and social norms. Because much of Johnson’s research looks at the laws of the essentially-global medium of Internet communication, much of his work also involves comparative legal research. When possible, Johnson seeks to conduct comparative legal analyses at the level of legal theory as well as at the level of functional equivalence.

Johnson has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish and Religious Studies from the University of Iowa, a master’s in professional journalism from the University of Iowa, and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota. He served as editor of the Silha Bulletin, the tri-annual publication of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, while a doctoral student. In 2008, Johnson served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, where he studied Brazilian history and blogged about Brazilian culture and politics.

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Updated: July 26, 2019