Mark Lloyd

Mark Lloyd is a professor of practice in the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University.  He is also a Clinical Professor at the University of Southern California-Annenberg School of Communication, teaching in both the Communication School and the Journalism School and he manages the Consortium on Media Policy Studies (COMPASS) summer fellowship program in Washington, DC.

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, focusing on the National Council for the Arts and advising the domestic policy office on the relationship between arts and commerce and public diplomacy.

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 the most 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 institute he co-founded, The Civil Rights Forum on Communication Policy.

Previously Mr. Lloyd has been 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 a an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, working for public and commercial radio and television, including time at NBC and CNN.

Mr. Lloyd’s academic career includes two years as a visiting scholar at MIT, and several years teaching communication policy at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute. The author of numerous popular and academic articles and essays, his book Prologue to a Farce, Communication and Democracy in America was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2007, and The Communication Crisis in America, and How to Fix It, published by Palgrave/Macmillan in 2016.

Mr. Lloyd graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with a double major in journalism and political science, and from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Course taught 2019/20:

Policy Case Study: Information Policy in the Information Age: The Case of the GDPR

This policy case study will explore the challenges of creating smart information policy in what many commentators have dubbed our information age, by a close examination of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. What are the theories that shaped the GDPR? Who are the various stakeholders and experts that informed it, and how is it being implemented? The course will encourage students to appreciate communication policy issues through different lenses; particularly the perspectives of policy makers from different countries and cultures, along with the perspectives of competing businesses, police and security force, as well as NGO’s and individual users/citizens/consumers. While theories that inform communication policy will be explored, the course will focus on the real world implications of policy making and policy impact.


JD, Georgetown University Law Center 

B.A, University of Michigan (Political Science & Journalism) 


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