Richard Labunski is a professor in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications. Prior to joining the UK faculty in 1995, he taught at the University of Washington and Penn State. He has a B.A. in political science from the University of California-Berkeley, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science (American politics, constitutional law) from the University of California-Santa Barbara. His J.D. is from Seattle University School of Law. Prior to pursuing an academic career, he spent ten years in radio and TV news at stations in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Reno and Tucson.
He teaches media law, a course on the First Amendment and the Internet, and for many years, he taught radio and TV news and supervised student-produced TV newscasts. Labunski was one of six recipients of the 2005 Great Teacher award given by the UK Alumni Association. It is the oldest continuous award given for teaching at the University. From 2001 to 2006, Labunski was the director of the internship program.
He is the author of five books, law review articles, newspaper commentaries, and other publications. His research has focused on the First Amendment, constitutional law and history, politics, the media, and the Internet. His most recent book, "James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights," was published in July 2006 by Oxford University Press in its "Pivotal Moments in American History" series. He has begun work on a new book about the Bill of Rights and the founding period.