Loyola University Chicago

Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies

Faculty Advisory Board

Bastiaan Vanacker

Title/s:  Associate Professor of Communication
Program Director Center for Digital Ethics and Policy

Office #:  School of Communication 212

Phone: 312.915.7733

Email: bvanacker AT luc DOT edu


Bastiaan Vanacker’s academic work has focused on media ethics and law, international communication and the philosophy of mass communication. He joined Loyola in fall 2007 as assistant professor in media ethics. Vanacker was named the program director for the School of Communications Center of Digital Ethics and Policy in Summer 2012.

Dr. Vanacker’s award winning graduate research has been presented at various peer reviewed conferences and has been published in the Journal of Mass Media Ethics.

During his time at the University of Minnesota, Vanacker was closely affiliated with the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, where he contributed to the center’s newsletter which he also edited for a period of time. He currently is the Teaching Chair for the Media Ethics Division of the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication.

In a collaboration with Dr. Marjoire Kruvand, Assistant Professor, Vanacker presented a research paper "Facing the Future: Media Ethics, Bioethics and the World's First Face Transplant" at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in Boston in 2009. In October 2009 at the School of Communication as part of its Notes from the Field Series, Vanacker and Kruvand also presented their findings to the Loyola community.


Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Minnesota

Masters in Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Minnesota

Aanvullende Opleiding in de Communicatiewetenschappen (transl.: Additional Program in Communication Sciences), Universiteit Antwerpen

Universiteit Gent, Belgium, Masters in Philosophy.

Program Areas

Center for Digital Ethics and Policy

Research Interests

Media Law, Ethics and Communication and Historical and Critical Issues in Journalism