Media Rep Contact

Laura Byerley (primary)
(512) 471-2182

Robert W Jensen

Robert Jensen
Professor, School of Journalism, College of Communication
Professor, Center for Women's and Gender Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Phone: +1 512 471 1990

Robert Jensen teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in media law, ethics, and politics. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a professional journalist for a decade.

In his research, Jensen draws on a variety of critical theories. Much of his work has focused on pornography and the radical feminist critique of sexuality. In more recent work, he has addressed questions of race through a critique of white privilege and institutionalized racism.

Jensen is author of "Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity" (South End Press, 2007); "The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege" (City Lights Books, 2005); "Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity" (City Lights, 2004); "Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream" (Peter Lang, 2001); co-author with Gail Dines and Ann Russo of "Pornography: The Production and Consumption of Inequality" (Routledge, 1998); and co-editor with David S. Allen of "Freeing the First Amendment: Critical Perspectives on Freedom of Expression" (New York University Press, 1995).

In addition to teaching and research, Jensen writes for popular media, both alternative and mainstream. His opinion and analytic pieces on such subjects as foreign policy, politics, and race have appeared in papers around the country. He also is involved in a number of activist groups working against U.S. military and economic domination of the rest of the world.


Media and journalism (law and ethics); progressive politics and political dissidence; U.S. antiwar activism; communication; white privilege and institutionalized racism; pornography and sexual violence; male masculinity and feminism.