Edward L. Carter is the Director of the School of Communications. He was previously Associate Dean in the College of Fine Arts and Communication. Carter is an attorney, journalist and professor of communications. His professional and academic interests involve communications law, including copyright law.
He graduated from the University of Oxford in 2016 with a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law. In 2009 he was awarded an LL.M. (master of laws) degree, with distinction, in Intellectual Property from the University of Edinburgh School of Law. He received a Juris Doctor magna cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 2003. He also holds a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from BYU.
Carter worked for approximately four years as a daily newspaper reporter before attending law school. He served as a law clerk for Judge Ruggero J. Aldisert of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has a part-time law practice involving appellate litigation and has done freelance reporting and writing for regional magazines.
He and his wife, Kimberly, have four children.
Representative research interests:
• Current trends in mass communication law, including online aspects of defamation and privacy invasion
• Copyright law from United States and United Kingdom perspective
• Federal Communications Commission regulation of profanity, indecency and obscenity on broadcast TV
• History of Brigham Young Academy’s one-time student George Sutherland, the only U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1922-1938) from Utah
• Oral argument in the U.S. Supreme Court
• 19th century British copyright history of the Book of Mormon