Laura Wittern-Keller

Examines censorship and free speech, deportation policies and practices

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Laura Wittern-Keller

College of Arts and Sciences
Department: History

Censorship; free speech; violent content in the media; 20th century U.S. Public Policy; legal, constitutional and immigration history

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Laura Wittern-Keller is the author of Freedom of the Screen: Legal Challenges to State Film Censorship, 1915-1981 (University Press of Kentucky, 2008) and co-author of The Miracle Case: Burstyn v. Wilson, 1952 (University of Kansas Press Landmarks in American Law Cases series, 2008).

She is the recipient of the New York State Archives Researcher of the Year in 2007 and was named the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's 2006 Lecturer of the Year. Her research interests include violent content in the media, specifically movies, and how that content has been controlled historically.

Wittern-Keller received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching at UAlbany in 2011. She received her master's degree from Penn State University and her doctorate from the University at Albany.