Will Mari

William Mari

Associate Professor in Media Law
247 Hodges | 225-578-3145 | wmari1@lsu.edu 


Dr. Will Mari is an associate professor of media history and media law at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. He received his MPhil from Wolfson College, Cambridge and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He studies media history, media law, and especially analog-to-digital transitions and their impact on news workers. 

He is the author of a book with Routledge on the history of the computer in the American newsroom from 1960 through 1990, "A Short History of Disruptive Journalism Technologies," and a book covering the social-cultural history of the American newsroom during the interwar years and early Cold War, "The American Newsroom: A History, 1920-1960," with the University of Missouri Press. His third book, "Newsrooms and the Disruption of the Internet: A Short History of Disruptive Technologies, 1990–2010", was published with Routledge in 2022. For a list of his recent publications, see his Google Scholar profile

Mari is an active member of the American Journalism Historians Association, the International Communication Association, and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, where he has served as the chair of the History Division

He has also served as a public-affairs officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, working on exercises in the Pacific and Eastern Europe. He finished eight years of honorable service in the Reserve in 2020.