Caitlin Carlson, PhD

Caitlin Carlson, PhD

PhD, Communication

Associate Professor, Communication

Phone: 206-220-8531

Building/Room: 1103 Building #306

Caitlin Carlson CV (PDF)

Teaching / Research Interests:

Dr. Carlson teaches courses on Communication Law, Strategic Communication, and Social Media Management.

Her research focuses on media law, policy, and ethics from a feminist perspective.


Caitlin Ring Carlson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Communication Department at Seattle University. She comes to academia with a professional background in Public Relations. She has a Ph.D. in Media Studies from the University of Colorado. Her primary research interests are in media law and policy as they pertain to new media, freedom of expression and social justice. Her current work focuses on hate speech. She is also interested in women’s freedom of expression, including women’s press freedom and women’s media ownership. Dr. Carlson has been published in leading academic journals such as Communication Law & Policy, the Journal of Media Ethics, First Amendment Studies, and the Journal of Media Law & Ethics. Her first book, “Hate Speech,” will be published by MIT Press in 2021. Dr. Carlson currently teaches Communication Law, Media Systems, and Strategic Communication Writing. She was named Faculty of the Year by the Class of 2015 and was selected as the Teacher of the Year by the College of Arts and Sciences in 2019. Dr. Carlson founded and oversees the Communication Department’s Alumni Mentorship Program and serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Seattle University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. She also serves as the Vice Head of the Law & Policy Division of AEJMC.