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Greg Lisby

Professor    Chair    

Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 1988
J.D., Georgia State University, 2002


Journalism & Mass Communication
(Media & Society Ph.D. program & Mass Communication M.A. program faculty)


Greg Lisby (Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 1988) is Professor of Communication, with a specialization in journalism and mass communication research. Lisby has also earned a J.D. degree (2002) from the Georgia State University College of Law, and is licensed to practice law in the state (Georgia Bar No. 452022). Professor Lisby’s research interests include communication law (particularly First Amendment law & policy) and journalism history.

In addition to his three books and monographs, he has published his research in Communication Law & Policy, Journalism Monographs, Journalism Quarterly, Communication & the Law, Free Speech Yearbook, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Critical Studies, Newspaper Research Journal, and Georgia Historical Quarterly, from which he received the E. Merton Coulter Award for the best article of the year for his legal history of the Georgia Literature Commission. His documentary on film censorship in Atlanta was broadcast on Georgia public television and he won the 2003 Book of the Year Award from the Journalism Historians Association for his biography of Julian L. Harris. He has received external funding for his research from the U.S. Information Agency, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Georgia Humanities Council, and he also serves on the editorial boards of Communication Law & Policy, and Newspaper Research Journal, and is a past editorial board member of American Journalism.

Professor Lisby is currently working on a comparative legal analysis of testimonial privilege among professionals – attorneys and clients, doctors and patients, ministers and penitents, and journalists and their sources.