Christopher H. Sterling

Professor Media and Public Affairs, and of Public Policy and Public Administration
Phone: 202-994-6350
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Professor Sterling joined the GW faculty in early 1982, after serving nearly two years as special assistant to a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission. He was a member of the Temple University faculty during the 1970s. His research interests include both electronic media and telecommunications policy, regulation, and history. He’s the author or editor of some 25 books, among which are Shaping American Telecommunications: A History of Technology, Policy, and Economics(2006), Military Communications From Ancient Times to the Present (2008), Sounds of Change: A History of FM Broadcasting in America (2008), and the six-volume Encyclopedia of Journalism (2010). Professor Sterling did all his academic work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with an undergraduate degree in political science, and his masters and Ph.D in mass communication.

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PhD, Communication, University of Wisconsin, Madison
MS, Communication, University of Wisconsin, Madison
BS, Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Encyclopedia of Journalism (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2009, 6 vols). General editor.

Concise Encyclopedia of American Radio (New York: Routledge, 2009). Senior editor. 

Sounds of Change: A History of FM Broadcasting in America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008). Senior author.