College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Jeffrey Blevins

Jeffrey Blevins

Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Education


115 Hamilton Hall


Office Hours (Fall 2011)

Monday and Wednesday: 1:00-2:00 p.m., other times by appointment

Favorite Experience

  • Writing guest commentary on media law for The Des Moines Register.

Year at ISU

Fall 2004.


  • Ph.D., Telecommunications, Ohio University, 2001.
  • M.S., Mass Communications, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 1998.
  • B.S., Mass Communications, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 1995.

Teaching and Research

  • Communications law and policy; and the political economy of electronic media industries.


  • Blevins, J. L. (2011). Applying the U.S. Safe Harbor Policy to Television Violence. Journal of Children and Media, Vol. 5, No. 1 (pp. 37-52).
  • Blevins, J. L., & Brown, D. H. (2010). Concerns about the Disproportionate Use of Economic Research in the FCC’s Media Ownership Studies from 2002-2007. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Vol. 54, No. 4.
  • Blevins, J. L.  (2010). Applying the U.S. Safe Harbor Policy to Television Violence. Journal of Children and Media, Vol. 4, No. 4.
  • Blevins, J. L., & Martinez, K. (2010). A Political-Economic History of FCC Policy on Minority Broadcast Ownership. The Communication Review, Vol. 13, No. 3 (pp. 216-238).
  • Blevins, J. L., & Shade, L. R. (2010). International Perspectives on Network Neutrality – Exploring the Politics of Internet Traffic Management and Policy Implications for Canada and the U.S. Global Media Journal – Canadian Edition, Vol. 3, No. 1 (pp. 1-8).
  • Newell, J. J., Blevins, J. L., & Bugeja, M. (2009). Tragedies of the Broadcast Commons: Consumer Perspectives on the Ethics of Product Placement and Video News Releases. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Vol. 24, No. 4 (pp. 201-219).
  • Blevins, J. L., & Barrow, S. C. (2009). The Political Economy of Free Speech and Network Neutrality: A Critical Analysis. Journal of Media Law & Ethics, Vol. 1, Nos. 1/2 (pp. 27-48).
  • Brown, D. H., & Blevins, J. L. (2008). Can the FCC still ignore the public? Interviews with two commissioners who listened. Television & New Media, Vol. 9, No. 6 (pp. 447-470).
  • Blevins, J. L., & Anton, F. (2008). Muted Voices in the Legislative Process:  The Role of Scholarship in US Congressional Efforts to Protect Children from Online Pornography. New Media & Society, Vol. 10, No. 1 (pp. 115-137).
  • Blevins, J. L. (2007). The Political Economy of U.S. Broadcast Ownership Regulation and Free Speech after the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Democratic Communiqué, Vol. 21, No. 2 (pp. 1-22).
  • Blevins, J. L., & Brown, D. H. (2006). Political Issue or Policy Matter?The U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s Third Biennial Review of Broadcast Ownership Rules. Journal of Communication Inquiry, Vol. 30, No. 1 (pp. 21-41).
  • Blevins, J. L. (2004). Battle of the On-Line Brands: Disney Loses Internet Portal War. Television & New Media, Vol. 5, No. 3 (pp. 247-271).
  • Brown, D. H., & Blevins, J. L. (2002). The Safe Harbor Agreement Between the United States and Europe: A Missed Opportunity to Balance the Interests of E-Commerce and Privacy On-Line?  Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Vol. 46, No. 4, (pp. 565-585).
  • Blevins, J. L. (2002). Source Diversity After the Telecommunications Act of 1996: Media Oligarchs Begin to Colonize Cyberspace. Television & New Media, Vol. 3, No. 1 (pp. 95-112).
  • Blevins, J. L. (2001). Counter-Hegemonic Media: Can Cyberspace Resist Corporate Colonization? In B. Ebo (Ed.), Cyberimperialism? Global Relations in the New Electronic Frontier (pp. 139-151). Westport, CT: Praeger.

Major Awards

  • Third place, Best Ideas in the Teaching of Communication Law and Policy Competition: How to Incorporate Diversity in the Law and Policy Classroom. Law and Policy Division of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (2011).
  • Third Place, Management & Sales Division Case Study Competition at the Broadcast Education Association annual conference (2002)
  • National Communication Association 3rd Annual Doctoral Honors Seminar at Northwestern University (2000)
  • First Place, Communication Technology Division debut paper competition at the Broadcast Education Association (1999)
  • Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society (1998).


  • Provided expertise on electronic media regulation and Federal Communications Commission policymaking to international, national, regional and local news media. Served as a federal grant reviewer for the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program administered by the National Telecommunication and Information Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce in (2009). Sports writer for newspapers in Illinois (1986-1989). Served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps (1989-1991) and Individual Ready Reserve (1991-1997). Assistant professor in the Broadcast & Cinematic Arts Department at Central Michigan University (2001-2004).

Current Research

  • Scholarship examines the political economy of U.S. telecommunication law and policy. Published research has examined media ownership regulation, First Amendment jurisprudence on media ownership regulation, Internet media policy and the politics of the telecommunication policymaking process.


  • Director of Undergraduate Education, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
  • Faculty Senator, At Large Representative for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Military Student Services Task Force, Academic Affairs Working Group, Iowa State University
  • DEO Advisory Committee, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication