Richard A. "Tony" Parker, PhD

Richard A. "Tony" Parker Professor Emeritus
Northern Arizona University
Communication Studies

Research and teaching interests

Critical analyses of legal communications, especially judicial opinions and the writings of legal scholars, regarding the First Amendment rights of free expression. These analyses juxtapose the work of communication scholars with re-presentations of communication theory and practices in the legal literature.

Representative research and creative activity

“Communication Studies and Free Speech Law” (pp. 9-19) and “Brandenburg v. Ohio” (pp. 145-159), in Free Speech on Trial: Communication Perspectives on Landmark Supreme Court Decisions, edited by Richard A. Parker (Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2003).

“Revising Revisionist History: Consensus Theories of the Framers’ Intent” (pp. 1-10), in Free Speech Yearbook 1987, vol. 28, edited by Stephen A. Smith.

Links of interest (National Communication Association)


PhD, in Speech: 1981, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Emphases: Rhetoric, Argumentation.
MA, in Speech: 1971, University of Houston, Houston, TX. Emphases: Rhetoric, Public Address.
BA, in Speech: 1969, University of Houston, Houston, TX. Emphasis: Public Communication.