The former assistant professor at Louisiana State University and North Carolina attorney will begin in February.
Brooks Fuller, formerly an assistant professor in the Manship School of Communication at Louisiana State University, has joined Elon’s School of Communications. The former North Carolina attorney will serve as an instructor and share his expertise in media law.
In the spring semester, Fuller will teach two sections of Media Law and Ethics, a required course for all Elon communications majors.
“We are thrilled to welcome Brooks and to add an outstanding teacher and scholar of media law and speech freedom to our community,” said Communications Dean Rochelle Ford.
A 2017 doctoral graduate of the UNC School of Media and Journalism, Fuller has taught at Louisiana State University since fall 2017, leading classes in media law, ethics and First Amendment issues.
Fuller won the Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award at the 2018 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conference. His dissertation, titled “Words, Wounds, and Relationships: a Mixed-Method Study of Free Speech and Harm in High-Conflict Environments,” used qualitative field methods to examine high-conflict political protests, such as abortion clinic protests, where free speech is truly tested.
Fuller’s other research interests include topics related to unprotected speech, political extremism, national security and media ethics. His research utilizes a blend of qualitative methodologies to understand judicial decision-making, social movements and the relationship between free speech and societal harms.
Prior to entering the doctoral program at UNC and joining LSU’s faculty, Fuller practiced law in North Carolina for more than seven years. He earned his law degree from University of South Carolina School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from UNC, where he studied journalism.