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Patricia Longstaff

David Levidow Professor

  • Television, Radio & Film

Also teaches in:

  • Communications

Contact Information

Office Location

351 Newhouse 2


  • J.D. University of Iowa
  • M.S. Harvard University
  • M.A. University of Iowa


  • Communications Management
  • Communications Policy
  • Entertainment Law
  • Global Communications

Patricia Longstaff is the David Levidow Professor of Communications Law and Policy and an educator and analyst specializing in the business and public policy issues affecting the communications industry in the U.S. and internationally. Her teaching includes classes on current trends in the communications industry, global communication issues and communications law/policy. She is also a research associate at Harvard University's Center for Information Policy Research, where she works on issues of global communications policy. Her most recent work there involves the role of communications in the resilience of local populations who suffer a "surprise," such as a terrorist attack or natural disaster. She is also a member of the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on International Communications Policy and a member of the board of directors of the International Telecommunications Society.

Longstaff practiced communication and corporate law for 18 years, representing newspapers, broadcasters, advertising agencies and telephone companies. She is the author of "The Communications Toolkit: How to Build or Regulate Any Communications Business" (MIT Press, 2002).