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Ahmed Abul

Press Freedom and Democracy in Bangladesh: A Study of Press Regulations

Supervisor: Fletcher, Fred
Committee Member 1: Cukier, W.
Committee Member 2: Drache, Daniel

Murat Akser

Murat Akser, PhD

Currently Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies,
Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey
Founder of New Media Department and New Media MA Program
Current chair and Program Coordinator


Books published:

M. Akser, B. Baybars-Hawks, “Media and Democracy in Turkey: Toward a Model of Neoliberal Media Autocracy” Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 5(3), pp. 302-321(2012).

Doi: 10.1163/18739865-00503011.

M. Akser “Memory, Identity and Desire: A Psychoanalytic Reading of David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive” Cinej: Cinema Journal, 2(1), pp. 58-76 (2012). Doi: 10.5195/cinej.2012.58

M.Akser "Blockbusters" Eylem Atakav ed.Directory of World Cinema: Turkey. London: Intellect, 2013. 124-145

M. Akser, B.Baybars-Hawks, “Cyber Terror A La Turca ” L.Baruh, B.Baybars-Hawks eds. , If It Was Not For Terrorism: Crisis, Compromise, and Elite Discourse in the Age of “War on Terror”, 204-212., Newcastle-upon-tyne, Cambridge Scholars, 2011.

M.Akser, Green Pine Resurrected: Film Genre, Parody and Intertextuality in  Turkish Cinema, 248 pp., Almanya, Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010.

M. Akser. “Yılmaz Güney's Beautiful Losers: Idiom and Performance in Turkish Political Film” D. Bayrakdar ed., Cinema and Politics: Turkish Cinema and the New Europe, 142-153 pp., Newcastle-upon-tyne, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.

Supervisor: Feldman, Seth

Committee Member 1: Drache, Daniel

Committee Member 2: Fletcher, Fred

Susan Ashley

Susan Ashley is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Management in the Department of Arts at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. She graduated with a PhD in Communication and Culture from York University, Toronto in 2011, funded by a SSHRC-CGS scholarship. Dr. Ashley is a critical cultural studies scholar interested in the ‘democratization’ of museums and heritage institutions in Canada, especially in relation to access and expression by minority groups. Her research on heritage, subjectivity and representation has been published in books by Routledge and Ashgate, and in journals like Museum & Society, theInternational Journal of Heritage Studies and the International Journal of Cultural Policy. She held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the Frost Centre for Canadian and Indigenous Studies at Trent University from 2011-2013. Dr. Ashley is currently editing the volume Diverse Spaces: Examining identity, heritage and community within Canadian public culture, for Cambridge Scholars to be published in 2013. Museum Renaissance? Revisioning 'publicness' at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.

Supervisor: Cohnstaedt, Joy
Committee Member 1: Mooers, Colin
Committee Member 2: Prokopow, Michael


Nicholas Balaisis

Seeing for the First Time: Cinema Spectatorship, the Public Sphere, and the Making of Cuban Revolutionary Subjects

Supervisor: Zryd, Michael
Committee Member 1: Dowler, Kevin
Committee Member 2: Marchessault, Janine

Ann Barrow

Homeless on the Range: Masculinity and The Orphan Myth in the American Western, 1950-1990

Supervisor: Feldman, Seth
Committee Member 1: Cameron, Evan
Committee Member 2: Leonard, Gary (UT)

Kelly Bronson

Framing the Debate: How Scientism in the language of the law binds public-biotechnology engagement
Supervisor: Berland, Jody
Committee Member 1: Ruggles, Myles
Committee Member 2: Imhotep, Edward


Darcey Callison

Dancing Masculinity for Hollywood: The American Dream, Whiteness and the Movement Vocabulary within Hollywood's Choreography for Men
Supervisor: Crow, Barbara
Committee Member 1: Forsyth, Scott
Committee Member 2: Elder, Bruce

David Clifton

A Lexicon of Force: Framing Language and Television News Coverage of the 2003 War in Iraq

Supervisor: Drache, Daniel
Committee Member 1: Fletcher, Fred
Committee Member 2: Allen, Gene

Nicole Cohen

nicole.cohenNicole S. Cohen (PhD 2013)

Currently employed:
Assistant Professor, Institute of Communication, Culture and Information Technology, University of Toronto Mississauga

Awards and Scholarships:
Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2010-2011; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship 2008-2010; Graduate Fellowship for Academic Distinction (2006-2009)

2013. “Commodifying Free Labor Online: Social Media, Audiences, and Advertising.” In The Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture. Emily West and Matthew McAllister, eds, 177-191. Routledge.

2012. “Interns of the Creative Industries, Unite. You Have Nothing to Lose—Literally.” Briarpatch, November/December, 8-12. Co-authored with Greig de Peuter and Enda Brophy.

2012. “Cultural Work as a Site of Struggle: Freelancers and Exploitation.” tripleC: Cognition, Communication, Co-operation 10(2): 141-155.

2012. “How Much do Freelance Journalists Make?” – The Canadian Journalism Project, September 12.

2012. “From Alienation to Autonomy: The Labour of Alternative Media.” In Alternative Media in Canada.Kirsten Kozolanka, Patricia Mazepa, David Skinner, eds., 207-225. University of British Columbia Press.

2012. “Appendix: Dove Real Beauty Campaign: Challenging the Code.” In Mass Communication in Canada, 7th ed. Mike Gasher, David Skinner, and Rowland Lorimer, eds., 114-116. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

2011. “Negotiating Writers’ Rights: Freelance Cultural Labour and the Challenge of Organizing.” Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work and Society 17 & 18: 119–138.

2011. “Making Media Public: From Discussion to Action?” Canadian Journal of Communication. 36: 169–178. Co-authored with Sonja Macdonald, Patricia Mazepa, and David Skinner.

2010. “Beyond The Margins: A Roundtable on Radical Publishing.” Upping The Anti 10.

2010. “Keeping the Net Neutral.” Shameless. Fall (15): 13.

2010. “The Mad World of Ads.” Shameless. Spring (14): 13.

2009. “Feminist Frequencies: Why We Need Campus/Community Radio.” Shameless. Fall, issue 13, 13.

2008. “The Valorization of Surveillance: Towards a Political Economy of Facebook.” Democratic Communiqué 22(1): 5–22.

2008. “Gendering Facebook: Privacy and Commodification.” Feminist Media Studies 8(2): 208–212. Co-authored with Leslie Regan Shade.

2008. “(Bio)Power to the People? Harnessing Potential in the Creative and Cultural Workplace, or ‘Putting Subjectivity to Work.’” Stream 1(2): 71–86.

2008. “Exposing The Corporate Media,” Book review of Lies The Media Tell Us, James Winter (Black Rose Books, 2007). Canadian Dimension. 41(1): 46.

2007. “Boys’ Club 2.0: The Media is Obsessed with Boy Geek Geniuses. But Where are the Women?”Shameless. Fall (10): 11.

2007. “Love’s Labour Lost?: Working for a Sustainable Alternative Press.” Briarpatch. June/July: 24–26.

2007. “Media Matters: A Call to Action at the 20 Years of Propaganda Conference.” Relay 18, June/July: 42–43.

2006. “What’s the Frequency Gwyneth? Why More Women’s Voices are Being Broadcast on Community Radio.” This Magazine. 40(2): 24–27.

2003. “The Loyal Stenographer: Murdoch Davis has Been Criticized for His Role in Pumping out Izzy’s Asper-torials. Let the Critics Carp, says Davis. A Portrait of a Company Man.” Ryerson Review of Journalism. June.

Negotiating Precarious Cultural Work: Freelance Writers and Collective Organization in Media Industries
Supervisor: Mazepa, Patricia
Committee Member 1: Vosko, Leah
Committee Member 2: Ross, Stephanie

Constance Crompton

connieWhile she was a ComCult student, Constance had the pleasure of working as a project manager on Lorraine Janzen Kooistra and Dennis Denisoff's digital humanities project, The Yellow Nineties Online. Following her defence in November 2011 she took up a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in Textual Studies and Digital Humanities at the University of Victoria's Electronic Textual Cultures Lab. She is now an assistant professor of digital humanities in the Department of Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus. She is a digital humanist with research interests in scholarly editing, queer history, and Victorian popular and visual culture. She is co-director, with Michelle Schwartz, ofLesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada, an infrastructure pilot project of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory at the University of Alberta. She also serves as an assistant director of the University of Victoria’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute and as a research collaborator with Ryerson University’s Yellow Nineties Online.

Making the Modern Man: Eugen Sandow and Muscled Masculinity

Supervisor: Janzen, Lorraine
Committee Member 1: Lightman, Bernie
Committee Member 2: Braun, Marta

Trevor Cunnington

Schadenfreude, Villainy, and Empathy: the Ideological Life of Media Representations of "White Trash"
Supervisor: McCullough, John
Committee Member 1: Forsyth, Scott
Committee Member 2: Prokopow, Michael

Brady Curlew

Play/Counterplay: The Cultural Politics of Digital Game Modification
Supervisor: Bailey, Steven
Committee Member 1: Crow, Barbara
Committee Member 2: Elmer, Greg


Naomi Fraser

We Are All Connected': Internationalism, Communication and Canadian Identity

Supervisor: Berland, J.
Committee Member 1: Shields, J.
Committee Member 2: Isin, E.

Anna Friz

The Radio of the Future Redux: Rethinking Transmission through Experiments in Radio Art
Supervisor: Bailey, Steven
Committee Member 1: Fisher, Jennifer
Committee Member 2: Marchessault, Janine


Milan Hanan

The Media-Foreign Policy Relationship: Pakistan's Media Image and U.S. Foreign Policy

Supervisor: Fletcher, Fred
Committee Member 1: Cukier, Wendy
Committee Member 2: Drache, Daniel

Alison Harvey

Alison.16BWLecturer in Media and Communication, University of Leicester

Dr. Alison Harvey research and teaches on a range of topics related to digital games, new media, youth culture, and feminist, qualitative, and digital research methods


Harvey, A. (Forthcoming.) “Twine’s Revolution: Democratization, Depoliticization, and the Queering of Game Design.” GAME: The Italian Journal of Game Studies.

Harvey, A. & S. Fisher (2013.) “Making a Name in Games: Immaterial Labour, Indie Game Design, and Gendered Social Network Markets.” Information, Communication, and Society, 16(3), pp. 362-380.

Fisher, S. & Harvey, A. (2013.) “Intervention for Inclusivity: Gender Politics and Indie Game Development.” Loading…Journal of the Canadian Game Studies Association, 7(11), pp. 25-40. Available online.

Harvey, A. (2011.) “Architectures of Participation in Digital Play: Social Norms, Gender, and Youth Gameplay.” Information, Communication, and Society, 14(3), pp. 303-319.

Harvey, A. (2011.) “Constituting the Player: Feminist Technoscience, Gender, and Digital Play.” International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, 3(1). Available online, 15 pages.

Harvey, A. (2009.) “Seeking the Embodied Mind in Video Game Theory: Embodiment in Cybernetics, Flow, and Rule Structures.” Loading…Journal of the Canadian Game Studies Association, 3(4). Available online, 9 pages.

Harvey, A. (2007.) “You Mean It’s Only a Game? Rule Structures, the Magic Circle, and Player Participation in Pervasive Mobile Gaming.” Loading…Journal of the Canadian Game Studies Association, 1(1). Available online, 7 pages.

Harvey, A. (2007.) “Games, Play, and Research: Developing Methodologies for Video Game Theory.” Pivot: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Journal of Visual Culture, 1(1), p. 1-7.

Harvey, A. (2006.) “The Liminal Magic Circle: Boundaries, Frames, and Participants in Pervasive Mobile Games.” Wi: Journal of the Mobile Digital Commons Network, 1(1). Available online, 7 pages.


Dr Alison Harvey is currently engaging in a number of research projects related to inclusivity, democratization, and equity in the context of marginalized people’s use of digital media. The key focus on her research and teaching is the study of communities that have been historically marginalized in the design of digital media as well as scholarship on digital culture.

One international project in this area relates to the increasingly accessible tools for children’s creative content development within digital culture. Entitled “Playing at Making Games”, the purposes of this project are two-fold: 1) to get a sense of the inclusive play opportunities afforded to children in the design and regulation of kid-friendly digital games allowing user-generated content, and 2) to explicitly target for inclusion in the study populations of children that tend to be excluded in studies of digital games- including girls, children with physical disabilities, children living in remote locations, children from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, and non-White children. Through this focus the project aims to eschew the focus on ‘representative’ samples to foreground the activities of those that have up to this point rarely been considered in the literature on digital games and participatory culture.

Another ongoing study considers adult game designers that have undertaken community engagement activities in order to shift the status quo of digital game development- women and LGBT/queer game designers and community organizers. In these projects Dr Harvey has worked directly with community groups as a participant-observer to engage in feminist social justice action. As part of a smaller-scale pilot project comparing women in games design projects in Toronto and Montreal, Canada, she and research partners developed a set of best practices and recommendations, and she is currently investigating how these could be applied, developed, amended, and extended in the unique communities of women and queer people in games culture in various development hubs in the UK and across Europe.

Link to personal website:

Supervisor: Crow, Barbara
Committee Member 1:Coombe, Rosemary
Committee Member 2: Jenson, Jennifer


Constance John

The evolution of the Canadian Film industry in Quebec (1968-1983)
Supervisor: Cohnstaedt, Joy
Committee Member 1: Shields, John
Committee Member 2: Sauvageau, Florian

Naveen Joshi

Arranged Identities: Second Generation South Asian Canadians in
Supervisor: Crow, Barbara
Committee Member 1: Dua, Enakshi
Committee Member 2: Coombe, Rosemary


Aleksandra Kaminska

Mediating Poles: Media Art and Critical Experiments of the Polish Site, 2004-2009
Supervisor: Marchessault, Janine
Committee Member 1: Trifonova, Temenuga
Committee Member 2: Eichhorn, Kate

Lewis Kaye

Hearing Space: The Social Architecture of Aural Experience
Supervisor: Myles Ruggles
Committee Member 1: Herman, Andrew
Committee Member 2: Marchessault, Janine

Gregory Klages

Representative (of) Democracy: The Rise and Decline of the Keynesian Era in Canadian Visual Arts Policy (1941-1984)

Supervisor: Salter, Liora
Committee Member 1: Mooers, Colin
Committee Member 2: Nelles, Viv

Helmut Klassen

"Life As It Is" A Renovation of the Project and the City
Supervisor: Elder, Bruce
Committee Member 1: Marchessault, Janine
Committee Member 2: Tschofen, Monique

Irena Knezevic

Current employment:
Postdoctoral Fellow, FoodARC at Mount Saint Vincent University
Research Associate, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at Laurier
Instructor, Ryerson University

Research projects:

Co-lead (with Phil Mount, Wilfrid Laurier University) - Feasibility Study of On-Site Institutional Food Production: Leveraging under-utilized public land to grow shared opportunities (supported by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ontario Ministry of Rural Affairs - New Directions program).

Co-lead (with Janna MacKay, Confederacy of Mainland Mi`kmaq) - Community Food Security in Pictou Landing (supported by Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program).

Recent publications:

Blay-Palmer, A. and I. Knezevic. (forthcoming). Multifunctionality in Agriculture. In K. Albala (Ed.) Food Issues: An Encyclopedia. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (Invited contribution).

Knezevic, I, K, Lowitt, P. Williams, and C. Johnson. (forthcoming). Re-framing community food security: Lessons from community-based research. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. (Submitted).

Knezevic, I., H. Hunter, C. Watt, P. Williams, and B. Anderson. (forthcoming). Food insecurity and participation: A critical discourse analysis. Critical Discourse Studies. (Submitted).

Blay-Palmer, A. and I. Knezevic. (forthcoming). Building sustainable communities through alternative food systems. In Robinson, G. and Schmallegger, D. (Eds.). Handbook on the Globalisation of Agriculture. Cheltenham, UK and Northhampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing. (Accepted).

Knezevic, I. (forthcoming). Free Markets for All: Transition Economies and the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy. In Andree, P., J. Ayres, M. Bosia and MJ. Massicotte (Eds.), Globalization and Food Sovereignty: Global and Local Change in the New Politics of Food. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (in press).

Nelson, E., I. Knezevic, and K. Landman. (2013). The uneven geography of civic agriculture projects in southwestern Ontario. Local Environment, 18 (5), 557-567.

Blay- Palmer, A, K. Landman, I. Knezevic and R. Hayhurst. (2013). Hybrid food spaces: constructing sustainable communities of food. Local Environment, 18 (5), 521-528.

Mount, P. et al. (2013). Barriers to the Local Food Movement: Ontario’s community food projects and the capacity for convergence. Local Environment, 18 (5), 592-605.

Knezevic, I. (2012). Food Labelling. In Koc, M., J. Sumner and A. Winson (Eds), Food Studies: Critical Perspectives. Don Mills: Oxford University Press Canada, p. 247-259.

Discourses of Privatization and Industrialization: Agricultural Changes in the Former Yugoslavia
Supervisor: Fletcher, Fred
Committee Member 1: Coombe, Rosemary
Committee Member 2: Shields, John
Committee Member 3: Koc, Mustafa (RY)

Duncan Korber

Communication as Mobilization: The Development of Newspaper-based Political Parties in Upper Canada, 1820-1841
Supervisor: Allen, Gene
Committee Member 1: Fletcher, Fred
Committee Member 2: Skinner, David


Andrew Laing

A Critical Evaluation of the Methodological Underpinnings of Agenda - Setting Research, and a New Media Approach
Supervisor: Fletcher, Fred
Committee Member 1: Davis, Charles
Committee Member 2:MacDermid, Robert

Ganaele Langlois

Ganaele Langolis is an assistant professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in the Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media.

Co-Principal Investigator. SSHRC Insight Research Grant. Principal Investigator: Greg Elmer (Ryerson University). Collaborators: Axel Bruns (University of Queensland), Daniel Pare (University of Ottawa), Jean Burgess (University of Queensland), Joanna Redden (Ryerson University), Anatolyi Grudz (Dalhousie University), Philip Howard (University of Washington).
    Social Media Campaigns: Tracking Digital Politics across Web 2.0. 2012-2017. ($385,000).

Elmer, G., Langlois, G., McKelvey, F. 2012. The Permanent Campaign: New Media, New Politics. New York: Peter Lang.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

(Forthcoming). Langlois, G., and Elmer, G. 2013. The Research Politics of Social Media Platforms. Culture Machine.

Elmer, G. and Langlois, G. 2013. Networked Campaigns: Traffic Tags and Cross-Platform Analysis on the Web. Information Polity.

Langlois, G. 2013. The New Governance of Participatory Culture. Television & New Media, 1527476411433519, first published on February 2, 2012.

Langlois, G. 2011. Meaning, Semiotechnologies and Participatory Media. Culture Machine, 12.

Langlois, G., McKelvey, F., Elmer, G. and Werbin, K. 2009. Mapping Commercial Web 2.0 Worlds: Towards a New Critical Ontogenesis. Fibreculture 14.

Langlois, G., McKelvey, F., Elmer, G., Devereaux, Z. and Ryan, P. 2009. Networked Publics: the Double Articulation of Code and Politics on Facebook. Canadian Journal of Communication 34(3), pp. 415-434.

Langlois, G. and Elmer, G. 2009. Wikipedia Leeches? The Promotion of Traffic through a Collaborative Web Format. New Media & Society 11(5).pp. 773-794.

Book Chapters:
Langlois, Ganaele. 2012. “Social Media, or Towards a Political Economy of Psychic Life” in The Unlike Us Reader, Geert Lovink (Ed.). Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures.

The Tenhnocultural Dimensions of Meaning Towards a Mixed Semiotics of the World Wide Web
Supervisor: Crow, Barbara
Committee Member 1: Bailey, Steve
Committee Member 2: Elmer, Greg


Monica Macdonald

Producing the Public Past: Canadian History on CBC Television, 1952-2002

Supervisor: Fletcher, Fred
Committee Member 1: Cohnstaedt, Joy
Committee Member 2: Heron, Craig

Timothy MacNeill

Culturally Sustainable Development: Maya Cosmovision, El Centro Pluricultural Para la Democracia, and The Idea of Development
Supervisor: Ruggles, Myles
Committee Member 1: Alhassan, Amin
Committee Member 2:Spotton-Visano, Brenda

David McIntosh

Globalization, Networks and Audiovisual Spaces: Shifting Representational Relations in Canada, Mexico and Argentina

Supervisor: Longfellow, Brenda
Committee Member 1: Shields, John
Committee Member 2: Drache, Daniel

Tanner Mirrlees

Cultural Mediations of American Empire

Supervisor: Mooers, Colin
Committee Member 1: Forsyth, Scott
Committee Member 2: McNally, Dave

Ravindra Mohabeer

RaviMy research focuses on developing a theory of invisibility. All too often we get caught up in the binary of seeing - invisibility is the stuff we can't see. Instead, I've begun to think about invisibility as a process that falls well outside of the simple binary of seeing.
My research also looks at the intersection of technology and the structures of society and how we negotiate the world with and through media. I am a critical theorist with a PhD in Communication and Cultural Studies and I believe strongly in mixing theory with practice and experiential education.

Graduated PhD 2006

Current job:
Faculty, Media Studies & Digital Media (f/t permanent),
Co-Director, Media Research Lab
Vancouver Island University
Nanaimo, BC

Looking at "made up" girls: Linking girls, life skills and media education

Supervisor: Goodrum, A.
Committee Member 1: Crow, B.
Committee Member 2: Jensen, J.


Janice Nathanson

From Praxis to Theory: Expanding and Enriching Social Marketing

Supervisor: Seaton, Beth
Committee Member 1: Ruggles, Myles
Committee Member 2: Tschofen, Monique; Fletcher, Fred


Magdalena Olszanowski

Magdalena.OlszanowskiCurrently: SSHRC & FQRSC funded PhD student, Communication Studies, Concordia University

“What to ask women composers: feminist fieldwork in electronic dance music.” Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture 4(1) 2012: 3-26.

“Montreal, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams.” open-wi. 1(2). 19 June 2012.

“Bouge Bouge Bouge.” open-wi. 1(1). 2 June 2012.

2012 “Detention on St-Denis.” n+1: Montreal Diaries Part II. 27 May 2012.

Co-Editor (with S. Castonguay, J. Spiegel, A. Thain, & S. Xin-Wei). Transmutations II. March 2013.

Co- Editor (with O. Chapman, A. Loader, K. Sawchuk, & B. Spencer) open-wi: out of the mouths of casseroles journal, organized by Mobile Media Lab. 2012.

Adjudicated screenings of microfemininewarfare: exploring women's space in electronic music (MA project)

October 2013. microfemininewarfare: exploring women’s space in electronic music at Electrofringe Festival, Newcastle, Australia.

May 2013. microfemininewarfare: exploring women’s space in electronic music at Differential Mobilities Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Curator: Giuliana Cucinelli

April 2013. microfemininewarfare: exploring women’s space in electronic music atThe Storm of Progress: New Horizons, New Narratives, New Codes Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada. Curator: Maureen Engel and Caitlin Fisher.


Nancy Paterson


Nancy E. Paterson is a Toronto based electronic media artist working primarily in the field of interactive installations. Professional practice includes research and development of new media projects including: video installations, kinetic sculptures, tele-robotic artworks, interactive video, net-art, 3D computer graphic and immersive environments.

Currently Employed:

Associate Professor at OCAD University

Link to Scholarly Papers:

Link to Personal Website:

Bandwidth is Political: Reachability in the Public Internet
Supervisor: Murphy, Michael
Committee Member 1: Durlak, Jerry
Committee Member 2: Fletcher, Fred

Received PhD in December 2009

Richard Pope

Stupid is: Traversing the Sinthome as the Goal of Cultural Psychoanalysis
Supervisor: Marchessault, Janine
Committee Member 1: Hyashi, Sharon
Committee Member 2: O'Neill, John

Scott Preston

Horror and Reenchantment: A Supernatural Genre in a Secular Age
Supervisor: Marchessault, Janine
Committee Member 1: Bailey, Steve
Committee Member 2: Tschofen, Monique

Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof

Why Film, Why Freud, Why Now: The Revolt and Politics of Cinema in Digital Age
Supervisor: Elder, Bruce
Committee Member 1: O'Neill, John
Committee Member 2: Picchione, John


Ian Robinson

Cartographic Projections of the City: Avantgarde Cinema and the Production of Locality
Supervisor: Marchessault, Janine
Committee Member 1: Bailey, Steve
Committee Member 2: Hayashi, Sharon

Philip Rose

Pragmatism not Idealism: Radiohead, Technology, and the Global Movement for Change. 

He has completed his PhD, Communication and Culture, York University, Toronto, Ontario (2009), an M.A. Music Criticism, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (1995) , a Bachelor of Education, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario (1993) and an Combined Hons. B. A. in English & Music, McMaster University (1992).



Roger Waters and Pink Floyd: The Concept Albums, Fairleigh Dickinson
University Press, Madison, New Jersey, 2014 (forthcoming).

Book chapter:

“Love is All You Need: Why There Will Never Be Another Beatles”, in eds.
Gencarelli, T. and B. Cogan, Baby Boomers and Popular Culture: An Inquiry into
America’s Most Powerful Generation, ABC-CLIO, Incorporated, Santa Barbara,
California, 2014 (forthcoming)

“The Extended Pharmacist: Entering the Era of Remote Drug Dispensation and
Pharmaceutical Counseling”, with A. Moore, MD, in ed. MacDougall, R., Drugs
and Media: Communication, Consumption, and Consciousness, Continuum
Press, New York, 2011, pp. 193-218.

“René Girard as Media Ecologist” in ed. Anton, C., Valuation and Media Ecology:
Ethics, Morals, and Laws, Hampton Press, New Jersey, 2010, pp. 91-122.

Articles in refereed Journals:

“Silvan Tomkins as Media Ecologist”, in Explorations in Media Ecology, Vol. 13,
Intellect Press, 2014 (forthcoming).

“Divinizing Technology and Violence: Technopoly, the Warfare State, and the
Revolution in Military Affairs”, Journal of Contemporary Religion, Vol. 27, No. 3,
Routledge, 2012, pp. 365-382.

“Radiohead and the Media Fallout of OK Computer”, in Explorations in Media
Ecology, Vol. 10, No. 1 + 2, Intellect Press, 2011, pp. 75-90.

“A Conversation with René Girard” in Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis,
and Culture, Vol. 18, Michigan State University Press, 2011, pp. 23-38.

“Digital (A)literacy”, E-Learning and Digital Media: Special Issue, Vol. 8, No. 3,
2011, Symposium Journals, pp. 256-268.

“Enemies of Time: Innisian Reflections on the Present”, in Explorations in Media
Ecology, Vol. 6, No. 2, Hampton Press, New Jersey, 2007.

“Art Criticism and Media Ecology: The Case of Music”, The International Journal
of Communication (submitted)

“Technics, Law, and Morality at the Speed of Light: Communicating the
Precautionary Principle”, Media, Culture, and Society (submitted)

Book reveiws:

Review of Douglas Hedley’s Sacrifice Imagined: Violence, Atonement, and the
Sacred and Kelly Denton-Borhaug’s U.S. War-Culture, Sacrifice and Salvation, in
Journal of Contemporary Religion, Vol. 28. No. 1, 2012.

Review of Marshall McLuhan’s The Classical Trivium: The Place of Thomas
Nashe in the Learning of His Time in Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol.
37, No. 3, 2012.

Review of Robert Albrecht's Mediating the Muse: A Communications Approach to
Music, Media and Cultural Change in Explorations in Media Ecology, Vol. 4, No.
1, 2005.

Supervisor: Bowman, Rob
Committee Member 1: Marchessault, Janine
Committee Member 2: MacLennan, Anne

Wade Rowland

Ethics and Artificial Persons: Structural Impediments to Ethical Behaviour in Modern Information Media
Supervisor: Seaton, Beth
Committee Member 1: Noble, David
Committee Member 2: Mooers, Colin

Jennifer Ryan

Royal Beatings? An Exploration into the Shift from Development 'Gifts' to Development 'Goods'
Supervisor: Alhassan, Amin
Committee Member 1: Drache, Daniel
Committee Member 2: MacLennan, Anne


Philip Savage

TSH 325
Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia (CSMM)
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4L8
(905) 525-9140 ext. 23466



Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Communication and Culture
York University - Ryerson University (Joint Programme), Toronto, Ontario
“The Audience Massage: Audience Research and Canadian Broadcasting Policy”
Nominated: Best Doctoral Thesis


Master of Arts (M.A.), Communication (Applied Science)
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia
“Doing Community Radio: the Practices of Information Programming at a Community
Radio Station in Comparison to a Commercial Radio Station”


Bachelor of Arts (B.A., Highest Honours), Mass Communication
Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
Recipient: Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement

Current Employment:

Assistant Professor,
Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia (CSMM)
McMaster University

Awards and Grants:

2011-2012 Research and Policy Consultant
Canadian Media Guild (GMG), Toronto, Ontario

2005-2011 Strategic Planning and Policy Consultant
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Toronto, Ontario

2007-2009 Expert Witness
Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, House of Commons. Ottawa, Ontario

2012-2013 Competencies Research in Public Relation Grant,
Communication and Public Relations Foundation (CPRF),

2012-2013 Competencies Research in Public Relation Grant,
Communication and Public Relations Foundation (CPRF),
Principal Investigator: Dr. Terry Flynn
Funded by: CPRF, Toronto, Ontario
Value: $22,500.00.

2012 “Large Grant” for Research Assistant for COMM-Lab.
Centre for Leadership in Learning (CLL), Pedagogical Research Grant
Funded by: McMaster University
Value: $4100.00.

2012 Canadian Media Guild (CMG) Research and Policy Grant
“International Public Funding Models in Broadcasting”
Research Analysis and Writing
Funded by: Canadian Media Guild (CMG)
Value: $5000.00


i) Contributions to Books

2013 “Audiences Are Key” in Leslie Regan Shade (ed.) Mediascapes, 4th
Edition. Toronto:
Nelson Education.

2010 “Identity Housekeeping in Canadian Public Service Media”. In P.
Iosifidis, (Ed.),
Reinventing Public Service Communication: European Broadcasters and
Beyond (pp.
273-286). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2007 “The Audience Massage: Audience Research and Canadian Public Service
Broadcasting”. In G.F. Lowe & J. Bardoel (Eds.), From Public Service
Broadcasting to
Public Service Media (pp. 215-233). Göteborg, Sweden: Nordicom.

ii) Journal Articles:

2013 “Pedagogy: No problems with my teaching! Maybe that’s your
problem?” Journal of
Professional Communication: Vol. 3: Iss. 1. (pp. 1-4). [forthcoming]

2013 [Fenesi, B., Heisz, J., Savage, P., Shore, D., and Kim, J.]
“Combining Best-Practice
and Experimental Approaches: Redundancy, Images and Misperceptions in
Learning” Journal of Educational Psychology. (pp.1-20). [forthcoming]

2013 [Savage, P. and Weiler, K.] “Transformative Radio and Stubborn
Audiences: A Tale
of Two Cities” Journal of Radio and Audio Media: 20 (2) (pp.1-25).

2011 [Vajoczki, S., Savage, P., Martin, L., Borin, P., and Kustra, E.]
“Good Teachers,
Scholarly Teachers and Teachers Engaged in Scholarship of Teaching and
Learning: A
Case Study from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada”, The Canadian
Journal for
the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: 2 (1): 1-29.

2011 [Savage, P. & Marinelli, S.] "“Sticking to their knitting?” A
content analysis of gender inCanadian newspaper op-eds," Journal of
Professional Communication: 1(1):169-183.

2008 “Gaps in Canadian Media Research: CMRC Findings”. Canadian Journal of
Communication: 33 (2), 291-301.

2007 “Teaching Communication Policy: Pedagogy in Brief”. The Canadian
Journal of
Communication: 32 (1), 119-129.



The Audience Massage: Audience Research and Canadian Broadcasting Policy

Supervisor: Fletcher, Fred
Committee Member 1: Shields, John
Committee Member 2: Raboy Marc

Lisa Schicairol

Arts Intervention: Activating Cultural Memory for Social Change
Supervisor: Dowler, Kevin
Committee Member 1: Barndt, Deborah
Committee Member 2: Tschofen, Monique

Robinder Sehdev

Lelawala at the Brink: Visual Culture and Colonial History in Niagara Falls, Ontario
Supervisor: Berland, Jody
Committee Member 1: O'Neill, John
Committee Member 2: Sekyi-Otu, Ato

Yukari Seko

Wound Uploaders: Self-Injurers' Visual Narrative on Social Media
Supervisor: Elmer, Greg
Committee Member 1: Bailey, Steve
Committee Member 2: Nolan, Jason

Sarah Sharma

Interrogating a Politics of Time: Temporality & Difference from the Agora to the Airport

Supervisor: Berland, Jody
CM1: Slopek, E.
CM2: Dowler, K.

Tina Sikka

Recuperating Politics from Deconstruction: A Pragmatist Critique

Supervisor: Ruggles, Myles
CM1: Coombe, Rosemary
CM2: Alhassan, Amin

Christopher Smith

Remapping Urban Addiction: A user's guide to the city.
Supervisor: Marchessault, Janine
Committee Member 1: Little, Kenneth
Committee Member 2: Gaetz, Stephen

David Smith

Theorizing Avatar Sexualities: A Grounded Theory Study on the Erotics of Second Life
Supervisor: Marchessault, Janine
Committee Member 1: Fels, Deborah
Committee Member 2: Goodrum, Abby


Scott Uzelman

Direct Action Against Enclosure: "Anti-Proletarian" struggles for the "New Commons"
Supervisor: Moores, Colin
Committee Member 1: Skinner, David
Committee Member 2: McNally, David


Jennifer VanderBurgh

City Nation and Television: The Signification of Toronto Television Drama and the Consolidation of Centre-Margin Relations

Supervisor: Marchessault, Janine
Committee Member 1: Feldman, Seth
Committee Member 2: Morris, Peter

Laura Visan

Divided We Remain' Civic Participation practices and Network Development Strategies in the Case of Romanian Immigrants from Toronto
Supervisor: Shields, John
Committee Member 1: Cohen, Rina
Committee Member 2: Alhassan, Amin


Melissa West

The Cultural Production of Madonna: Commodity and Corporation

Supervisor: Berland, Jody
Committee Member 1: Moores, Colin
Committee Member 2: Skinner, D.

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