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Dr. Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen
Course Title: 
Freedom: Philosophy/History/Law

Robert Jensen is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and director of the Senior Fellows Honors Program of the College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin. His Signature Course challenges students to craft their own definition of freedom, evaluate political history in light of that definition, and apply the concept to a contemporary question in the law. The course focuses on philosophical inquiries into conceptions of freedom, roles of freedom in the United States, and questions about legal constraints on freedom of expression.

Jensen joined the UT faculty in 1992 after completing his Ph.D. in media ethics and law in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a professional journalist for a decade. At UT, Jensen teaches courses in media law, ethics, and politics.

In his research, Jensen draws on a variety of critical approaches to media and power. Much of his work has focused on pornography and the radical feminist critique of sexuality and men’s violence, and he also has addressed questions of race through a critique of white privilege and institutionalized racism.

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.

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