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Communication Studies


Ph.D. University of Iowa, 1977

Lawrence A. Wenner (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1977) is the Von der Ahe Professor of Communication and Ethics in the College of Communication and Fine Arts and the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he directs the Forum on Media Ethics and Social Responsibility and teaches media ethics in Philosophy and narrative ethics in the University Honors Program. 

His earlier notable appointments include serving as the William Evans Fellow at the University of Otago, the Diederich Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Marquette University, the Louise Davies Professor of Contemporary Values in America at the University of San Francisco, and as a University Fellow at the University of Iowa.  He has served as Professor of Communication and Media Studies, Executive Director of the Graduate Program in Sports and Fitness Management, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Francisco.  Dr. Wenner’s research includes seven books and nearly 100 journal articles and book chapters.  He has lectured in more than a dozen countries on research focusing on critical assessments of media content, ethical dimensions of race and gender portrayals in advertising, audience experiences with television in the family context, and the values and consumption of mediated sports. 

Dr. Wenner’s books include MediaSport and Critical Approaches to Television (2nd edition with Leah VandeBerg and Bruce Gronbeck).  His latest book is Sport, Beer, and Gender: Promotional Culture and Contemporary Social Life (with Steven Jackson).  He is a former editor of the Journal of Sport and Social Issues, has served as editor for special issues of the Journal of Sport Management and American Behavioral Scientist, serves currently on five journal editorial boards and has served on numerous other journal editorial boards in media studies, sport studies, and sociology.

In 2009, an editorial preface to his work in University of Nebraska Press’ Journal of Sports Media characterized Dr. Wenner as a “heavy hitter in the world of sport research” who “may be the most prolific and accomplished scholar in the field.”  Reports on his research and media interviews with Dr. Wenner have been featured in news stories by CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Network, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, New Zealand Television One, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Newsday, Boston Herald, San Jose Mercury News, Denver Post, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sports Illustrated, Daily Variety, Hollywood Reporter, George, and other outlets. 

He lives in Ojai, California with his wife Susan Rice and plays tennis, sails, bikes, and boards on surf, snow, and skate.