Martin D. Sommerness
Professor of Journalism
Journalism, Mass Communication Law and Ethics
School of Communication, Room 323
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.
Mass Communication Regulation and Responsibility
Future of Communication
Writing for Communication Channels
Media Writing and Reporting
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.
JD, 1981-- Wayne State University
MA, 1979-- Michigan State University
BA, 1977-- Michigan State University