Skip navigation

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Media, Film & Journalism Studies

Faculty

Faculty & Staff

Derigan Silver, PhD

Derigan SilverOffice Location: Media, Film & Journalism Studies Building, Room 106

Phone: 303-871-2657

Email:  [email protected]

About: Derigan Silver is an associate professor in the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies, an adjunct faculty member in the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, and the Faculty Director of the Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts (CILCA). He has published in peer review journals and law reviews on government secrecy and national security law, originalism, defamation, social architecture theory, access to the judiciary, copyright law, commercial speech, and student expression. His work has been cited by legal scholars and judges. He is the co-author of the popular media law textbook, Mass Media Law, with Dr. Clay Calvert and Dr. Dan V. Kozlowski. Silver received his doctoral degree in mass communication in 2009 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism. Silver is a member of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national honors society for journalism, and a former Chair of the Law and Policy Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

Office Hours, Winter Quarter 2019: By appointment.

Classes: 

  • MFJS 2280: Politics and Media
  • MFJS 3040: Media Law
  • MFJS 3700: New Media Law & Regulation
  • MFJS 4300: Issues in Freedom of Expression

Education:

  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2009)
  • MMC, Arizona State University (2004)
  • BA, University of California at Santa Barbara (1994)

Selected Publications: 

  • Kozlowski, D. V. & Silver, D. (2019, forthcoming). "Measuring Reed's reach: Content discrimination in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals after Reed v. Town of Gilbert," Communication Law & Policy.
  • Silver, D. (2017). "The news media and the FOI." in W. Hopkins (Ed.), The U.S. Freedom of Information Act at 50. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Silver, D. (2017). "Social Media and Defamation." In D. Stewart (Ed.), Social Media and the Law. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Silver, D. (2015). "First Amendment Theory." In W. Babcock & W. Freivogel (Eds.), Key Issues in Mass Communication Ethics and Law. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 61-80.
  • Silver, D. (2015). "Richmond Newspapers." In W. Babcock & W. Freivogel (Eds.), Key Issues in Mass Communication Ethics and Law. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 211-220.
  • Silver, D. (2014). "Social media and reporting on judicial proceedings: A digital era conflict." In D. Cullier & C. Davis (Eds.), Transparency 2.0: Access and privacy in a wired world. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Silver, D. (2010) National Security in the Courts: The Need for Secrecy vs. the Requirement of Transparency. El Paso, TX: LFB Scholarly Publishing.

Selected Accomplishments:

  • Member, Kappa Tau Alpha, National Honors Society in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Outstanding PhD Graduate, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008)
  • John B. Adams Award for Excellence in Mass Communication Law, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008)

Website:  Derigan Silver, University of Denver