Martin D. Sommerness, JD

Martin D. Sommerness Professor
Northern Arizona University
Blg COM 16 Rm #323
Phone: 928-523-2510

Research and teaching interests

Professor Sommerness focuses his research and teaching on issues in mass media and society as well as mass communication law and ethics.  He is also active in teaching courses for the NAU Honors Program.

Courses offered

Communication Analysis
Academic Communication
Mass Communication Regulation and Responsibility
Future of Communication
Communication Ethics
Writing for Communication Channels
Media Writing and Reporting
Humor Writing
Basic Editing
Mass Media and Society
High School Publications Workshop.

Representative research and creative activity

"Making Relevant Contemporary Undergraduate Legal Studies,"WAPLA, publication of the Western Association of Pre-Law Advisers, Autumn 2007. 

"OOOY – LENGUAGE: The Media Mind of Krazy Kat’s George Herriman," paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Social Science Association, Calgary, Canada, April 2007.

"John Stewart: An American Songsmith," in Mass Media/Mass Culture: An Introduction, 3rd ed., Stan Le Roy Wilson.  New York: McGraw-Hill, 1995.


J.D., 1981-- Wayne State University
M.A., 1979-- Michigan State University
B.A., 1977-- Michigan State University