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Robert Kerr

Gaylord Family Professor

Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor

Robert Kerr

Office: 3519 Gaylord Hall

Phone: (405) 325-2125

E-Mail: rkerr@ou.edu

 

Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (PhD)
  • University of Oklahoma (MA)
  • Southern Arkansas University (BA)

 

Background

Robert Kerr is an professor at Gaylord College. Kerr's First Amendment research focuses on legal and public-policy issues involved in maintaining a truly free marketplace of ideas for citizens in an age when corporate and government voices have grown more powerful than ever. He was the most honored participant over the past decade in national research competitions of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, a 2010 Musambira and Nesta study documented.

In 2008, students for the second time voted him recipient of the Gaylord College Teaching Award. That year, he was also named a Presidential Professor by OU and the winner of the National Communication Association's Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression.

Kerr's latest book – The Corporate Free-Speech Movement: Cognitive Feudalism and the Endangered Marketplace of Ideas – foreshadowed the recent economic crisis in global markets, as well as the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC that removed virtually all limits on corporate spending in political campaigns.