Release from the Dean, Texas Tech College of Media and Communication.
LYOMBE “LEO” EKO, PH.D., has accepted, a position as full professor with tenure at the College of Media and Communication of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, with effect from August 2015. He is currently an associate professor and former director of graduate studies at the University of Iowa’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is also Director of the African Studies Program of the University of Iowa. He has also been a research fellow at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa.
He earned his PhD in Journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. His areas of research and teaching interest are: new media law, comparative and international communication, and visual communication studies. He has published two books: the best-selling, award winning, Case Studies in Comparative Communication Law and Policy (Lexington Books, 2012); and American Exceptionalism, The French Exception and Digital Media Law (2013). His third book, “On the Regulation of Sex-themed Visual Imagery: From Clay Tablets to Tablet Computers,” will be published later in 2015.
Eko has also published numerous articles in law review journals, as well as international communication journals. His comparative media law work has been cited by over 50 different law review journals in the United States and many others in several parts of the world. Part of his comparative research focuses on the French press. Since he had published work on the Mohammed cartoons controversy of 2006, and communicated with one of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists assassinated by terrorists on January 7, 2015, he has been a source for media stories on the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo.
He started his academic career as an assistant professor at the University of Maine. Before his academic career, he was a journalist at Cameroon Radio and Television Corporation (CRTV). He later became television documentary producer and translator at the African Broadcasting Union (URTNA) in Nairobi, Kenya. From 2008-2012, he served as the project director of VITAL, an environmental Journalism student exchange project, that involved a consortium of seven universities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The project was sponsored by the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) of the U.S. Department of Education. He co-edited, a book, Water, Water Everywhere…on the research aspects of the project."
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