• ETEC, in the UT Outreach Center (map)
  • 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike
  • Oak Ridge, TN, 37830
  • United States

Stuart Brotman, the inaugural Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law at UT-Knoxville, will speak at a joint meeting held by CISC, the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Presentation title: “Cybersecurity, Information Security and the C-Suite: Improving Corporate Governance by Boards of Directors at Publicly-Held Companies.”

The talk will focus on the critical role that corporate directors can and should play in overseeing the development of strategy and its implementation of a company’s cybersecurity and information security activities. 


Stuart N. Brotman is the inaugural Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

This academic appointment is the only one of its kind in the world. He has taught students from 42 countries in six separate disciplines: communication, journalism, law, business, international relations and public policy.

He is an honorary adjunct professor at the Jindal Global Law School in India and an affiliated researcher at the Media Management Transformation Centre of the Jönköping International Business School in Sweden. He also serves as an appointed arbitrator and mediator at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Brotman is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies Program’s Center for Technology Innovation at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. He served as the Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Research/Media and Communication Studies, at the University of Helsinki.

At Harvard Law School, he was the first person ever appointed to teach telecommunications law and policy and its first Visiting Professor of Law and Research Fellow in Entertainment and Media Law. He also served as the first concurrent fellow in digital media at Harvard and MIT, at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the Program on Comparative Media Studies, respectively. He serves as an annual lecturer in entertainment and media law at Stanford Law School.

Brotman is the editor of The Telecommunications Deregulation Sourcebook, a popular reference volume covering the broadcasting, cable television and telephone industries;Telephone Company and Cable Television Competition, a pioneering anthology dealing with technical, economic and regulatory aspects of broadband networks; and the author of Broadcasters Can Negotiate Anything, a best-selling management education book for radio and television executives.  He is the author of Communications Law and Practice, the leading comprehensive treatise covering domestic and international telecommunications and electronic mass media regulation. Brotman also has written over 300 articles and reviews on media, telecommunications, internet, media, entertainment, business, technology, policy, history, negotiation, law, politics, regulation and international trade that have appeared in scholarly and professional publications.

He is the recipient of the Broadcast Education Association’s Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship Award and its Lifetime Achievement in Law and Policy Award.

Brotman is the first American named as an Honorary Member of the China Broadcasters Association. He serves on the Future of Privacy Forum Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of the Global Internet Freedom Program at The Media Institute.

He is a frequent analyst for leading newspapers and magazines, including FortuneLos Angeles TimesThe New York TimesTime, and The Wall Street Journal. He also has provided expert commentary for CNN,  ABC’s World News This Morning, NBC’s Today Show and NPR’s Morning Edition.  He appears as a featured speaker at major academic and industry conferences in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America and the Middle East.


J.D., University of California, Berkeley

M.A. in Communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.S. in Communication Studies and Mass Media, summa cum laude, Northwestern University

Research Interests: 

Telecommunications /electronic mass media law and policy

International communications regulation

Global broadband development

Media management transformation

Intellectual property

Internet governance


Freedom of expression

Media ethics

Leadership in media industries