Mark Lloyd

Portrait photo of Mark LloydAssociate Professor

A.B. (University of Michigan), J.D. (Georgetown University Law Center)

Mark Lloyd is an Associate Professor at McGill University in the department of Art History and Communication Studies. He taught at AHSC and the Max Bell School of Public Policy from 2018 to 2020. From 2012 to 2022, Lloyd was a Clinical Professor at the University of Southern California-Annenberg School of communication, where he also managed and taught doctoral candidates in the Washington, DC summer program COMPASS (Consortium of Media Policy Scholars). His academic career also includes two years as a visiting scholar at MIT, and three years as an affiliate professor teaching graduate students communication policy at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute.

Lloyd is a communication lawyer and a journalist. From 2009-2012 he served as an associate general counsel at the Federal Communications Commission, advising the Commission on how to promote diverse participation in the communications field with a focus on research into critical information needs and broadband adoption by low-income populations. His other government service includes time on the Clinton Transition Team, and working in the personnel office of the Clinton White House. He also served as a member of the Biden Policy Committee on Innovation, serving on the subcommittees on Digital Equity and Anchor Institutions.

Prior to joining the FCC, Mr. Lloyd was the vice president for strategic initiatives at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights/Education Fund, where, among other duties, he led a national campaign to assist vulnerable communities make the successful transition to digital television service. He was also the Director of the Media Policy Initiative at New America, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, and the Director of a research and advocacy group he co-founded, The Civil Rights Forum on Communication Policy, where among other work he led a national campaign to establish public interest obligations for digital television broadcasters – People for Better TV. Previously Lloyd has served as the general counsel of the Benton Foundation, and an attorney at the DC law firm Dow, Lohnes & Albertson.

Before becoming a communications lawyer, he was an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, working for public and commercial radio and television, at the local and national level, including time at NBC and CNN. The author of numerous articles, his book Prologue to a Farce, Communication and Democracy in America was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2007, and he co-edited The Communication Crisis in America and How to Fix It, published by Palgrave/Macmillan in 2016.

Prof. Lloyd’s current research, teaching and supervisory interests include: the role of the nation state in serving the critical information needs of local communities and the relationship between our communications ecology and democracy.

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