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Robert Kerr

Gaylord Family Professor


  • Robert L. Kerr, The Sociology of Sports-Talk Radio: A Descriptive Analysis (Palgrave Macmillan: New York, N.Y., 2017).
  • obert L. Kerr, How Postmodernism Explains Football, and Football Explains Postmodernism: The Billy Clyde Conundrum (Palgrave MacMillan: New York, N.Y., 2015). 
  • Robert L. Kerr, The Corporate Free-Speech Movement: Cognitive Feudalism and the Endangered Marketplace of Ideas (LFB Scholarly: New York, N.Y., 2008).
  • Robert L. Kerr, The Rights of Corporate Speech: Mobil Oil and the Legal Development of the Voice of Big Business (LFB Scholarly: New York, N.Y., 2005).

Refereed Publications

  • Robert L. Kerr, “Desperately Seeking Coherence: The Lower Courts Struggle to Determine the Meaning of Sorrell for the Commercial Speech Doctrine” Journal of Media Law & Ethics, 7:1/2 (Spring 2019), 1-29.
  • Robert L. Kerr, “Understanding the Age of Citizens United Through Becker’s Theory of ‘History That Does Work in the World’ ” Journal of Media Law & Ethics, 5:3/4 (Summer/Fall 2016), 56-76.
  • Robert L. Kerr, “Can Postmodernist Analysis Better Explain the First Amendment Jurisprudence of the Roberts Court?” Journal of Media Law & Ethics, 4:1/2 (Winter/Spring 2014) 1-35.
  • Robert L. Kerr, “A Beer a Minute in Texas Football: Heavy Drinking and the Heroizing of the Antihero in Friday Night Lights,” International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 48:6 (Winter 2013).
  •  Robert L. Kerr, “Emotion Work for Merriwell and Billy Clyde:  Challenging American Football’s Two-Tiered Gender System on Friday Night Lights,” Journal of Sports Media, 9:1 (Winter 2012).
  •  Robert L. Kerr, “A Justice’s Surprise That Has Stood Its Ground: The Enduring Value of the Commercial Speech Doctrine’s Powellian Balance,” Journalism & Communication Monographs 13:4 (Fall 2011). 213-284
  • Robert L. Kerr, “Transforming Corporate Political MediaSpending into Freedom of Speech: A Story of Alchemy and Finesse, 1977-78,” American Journalism 28:1 (Winter 2011), 34-74.
  • Robert L. Kerr, “The ‘Attack’ Memorandum and the First Amendment: Adjudicating an Activist Role for Business in the Marketplace of Ideas,” Journal of Media Law & Ethics 2:3/4 (Winter/Spring 2011).
  • Robert L. Kerr, “Naturalizing the Artificial Citizen: Repeating Lochner's Error in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission,” Communication Law and Policy 15:4 (Fall 2010) 1-53.
  • Robert L. Kerr, “Considering the Meaning of Wisconsin Right to Life for the Corporate Free-Speech Movement,” Communication Law and Policy 14:2 (Spring 2009) 1-48.
  • Robert L. Kerr, “Justifying Corporate Speech Regulation Through a Town-Meeting Understanding of the Marketplace of Ideas,” Journalism & Communication Monographs 9:2 (Summer 2007) 57-113.
  • Robert L. Kerr, “Unconstitutional Review Board? Considering a First Amendment Challenge to IRB Regulation of Journalistic Research Methods,” Communication Law and Policy 11:3 (Summer 2006) 393-447.
  • Robert L. Kerr, “Subordinating the Economic to the Political: The Evolution of the Corporate Speech Doctrine,” Communication Law and Policy 10:1 (Winter 2005) 63-99.
  • Robert L. Kerr, “Creating the Corporate Citizen: Mobil Oil’s Editorial-Advocacy Campaign in The New York Times to Advance the Right and Practice of Corporate Political Speech, 1970-80,” American Journalism 21:4 (Fall 2004) 39-62.
  • Robert L. Kerr, “From Sullivan to Nike: Will the Noble Purpose of the Landmark Free Speech Case be Subverted to Immunize False Advertising?” Communication Law and Policy 9:4 (Autumn 2004) 525-566.
  • Robert L. Kerr, “Impartial Spectator in the Marketplace of Ideas: The Principles of Adam Smith as an Ethical Basis for Regulation of Corporate Speech,” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly 79:2 (Summer 2002) 394-415.
  • Robert L. Kerr, “The Great White Father and the Antichrist: Bud Wilkinson’s Football Letter as Cultural History,” American Journalism 18:3 (Summer 2001) 35-60.

Law Reviews


  • Robert L. Kerr, “What Justice Powell and Adam Smith Could Have Told the Citizens United Majority About Other People’s Money,” First Amendment Law Review, University of North Carolina School of Law 9:1 (Winter 2011), 211-250.

Book Chapters

  • Robert L. Kerr, “Is What’s Good for General Motors Good for the First Amendment? Corporate Media Concentration’s ‘Dagger at the Throat’ of the Press Clause,” book chapter, Media, Profit, and Politics: Competing Priorities in an Open Society, Thom Yantek and Joseph Harper, eds. (Kent State University Press: Kent, Ohio, 2003) 174-193.