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Stuart N. Brotman

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School of Journalism & Electronic Media
Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law
Beaman Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media

Stuart N. Brotman is the inaugural Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This academic appointment is the only one of its kind in the world. He has served in four Presidential Administrations on a bipartisan basis and has taught students from 42 countries in six separate disciplines: Communication, Journalism, Law, Business, International Relations and Public Policy. He also has advised private and public sector telecommunications, internet, media, entertainment and sports clients in more than 30 countries on five continents.

Under the auspices of the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, Brotman has been selected to develop four semester-long Diplomacy Lab interdisciplinary graduate research seminars for the U.S. Department of State. He also has directed graduate political communication seminars based on the unique research capabilities of the College of Communication and Information’s Adam Brown Social Media Command Center.

He is an honorary adjunct professor at the Jindal Global Law School in India and an affiliated researcher at the Media Management Transformation Centre of the Jönköping International Business School in Sweden. He serves as an appointed arbitrator and mediator at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and as a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, where he was a Visiting Scholar in its Academy on Media and Global Change. He also is an Eisenhower Fellow.

He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Information Policy and the Journal of Media Law and Ethics, as a director of the Telecommunications Policy Research Institute, and as an advisory board member of the Future of Privacy Forum. He serves as an annual lecturer in entertainment and media law at Stanford Law School.

Brotman served on the founding leadership team of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. As Chief of Staff, he worked closely with the White House, Congress, the FCC, FTC, the U.S. Department of Justice, other Executive branch departments and independent agencies, and the research and academic community in developing durable models for telecommunications, media, and information convergence.  He also served two terms as an appointed member of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy (ACICIP), where he focused on major economic, social and legal issues and problems in international communications and information policy. These involved users and providers of information and communication services, technology research and development, foreign industrial and regulatory policy, the activities of international organizations in communications and information, and developing country interests.

Brotman served as a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies Program's Center for Technology Innovation at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. He also served as the Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Research/Media and Communication Studies, at the University of Helsinki. At Northwestern University in Qatar, he served as the inaugural Professor of Communication in Residence.

At Harvard Law School, he was the first person ever appointed to teach telecommunications law and policy and its first Visiting Professor of Law and Research Fellow in Entertainment and Media Law. He also served as a faculty member at Harvard Law School's Institute for Global Law and Policy and the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program. He served as the first concurrent fellow in digital media at Harvard and MIT, at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the Program on Comparative Media Studies, respectively.  He held a professorial-level faculty appointment in international telecommunications law and policy at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He also chaired both the International Communications Committee and the International Legal Education Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law and Practice.

At the Boston University School of Law, Brotman served as a member of the nation's largest intellectual property law faculty, teaching the only advanced seminar on entertainment law offered at any American law school.  He served as co-director of the joint J.D./M.S. program with the Boston University College of Communication. Under appointment by the United States Library of Congress, he also served as one of 50 intellectual property experts on the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel that was convened to resolve disputes regarding copyright fees to be paid by cable television companies to producers of film and video programming. 

As a Senior Fellow of The Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy Studies, Brotman served as Director of The Annenberg Washington Program's Winter Faculty Workshops on domestic and international communications. 

He also served as a Century Fund Fellow in Law and Journalism, an Information Technology Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., an Academic Fellow at Tel Aviv University’s Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, and a Research Visitor at the University of Melbourne Law School’s Centre for Media & Communications Law.

He served as President and CEO of The Museum of Television & Radio, the premier trust of television and radio’s heritage under his leadership, where he oversaw all museum operations at its New York and Los Angeles locations, including a collection of 140,000 television and radio programs spanning more than 75 years and representing 70 countries.

Brotman is the editor of The Telecommunications Deregulation Sourcebook, a popular reference volume covering the broadcasting, cable television and telephone industries; Telephone Company and Cable Television Competition, a pioneering anthology dealing with technical, economic and regulatory aspects of broadband networks; and the author of Broadcasters Can Negotiate Anything, a best-selling management education book for radio and television executives.  He is the author of Communications Law and Practice, the leading comprehensive treatise covering domestic and international telecommunications and electronic mass media regulation. 

Brotman also has written over 300 articles and reviews on media, telecommunications, internet, media, entertainment, business, technology, policy, history, negotiation, law, politics, regulation and international trade that have appeared in scholarly and professional publications.

He is the recipient of the Broadcast Education Association’s Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship Award and its Lifetime Achievement in Law and Policy Award. Brotman also is a faculty member in the annual Chinese Executive Media Management Program and is the first American named as an Honorary Member of the China Television Broadcasters Association.

He is a frequent analyst for leading newspapers and magazines, including Fortune, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Time, and The Wall Street Journal. He also has provided expert commentary for CNN,  ABC's World News This Morning, NBC's Today Show and NPR's Morning Edition.  He appears as a featured speaker at major academic and industry conferences in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America and the Middle East.

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430 Communications Building
865-974-5139
Education: 

J.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.A. in Communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S. in Communication Studies and Mass Media, summa cum laude, Northwestern University

Professional certification in Negotiation and Mediation, Harvard Law School

Research Interests: 
Telecommunications /electronic mass media law and policy
International communications regulation
Global broadband development
Media management transformation
Intellectual property
Internet governance
Cybersecurity
Freedom of expression
Media and journalism ethics
Leadership in media industries
Digital media production, distribution, and exhibition
Media history
News distortion and disinformation