PhD Alumni

Completed PhD Theses and Profiles

Samantha Abel

Thesis: Let's talk about your weight": How fatphobia manifests in therapy
Supervisor: MacLennan, Anne
Committee: Anne MacLennan, Jacqui Gingras, May Friedman

Ahmed Abul

Thesis: Press Freedom and Democracy in Bangladesh: A Study of Press Regulations
Supervisor: Fletcher, Fred
Committee: Cukier, Wendy; Drache, Daniel

Murat Akser

Murat Akser, PhD is currently Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies,
Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey.

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: Drache, Daniel; Fletcher, Fred

Christopher Alton

Thesis: Zombies, Phallic Monsters, and Rocket Launchers:An Examination of Gender Representations and Simulations in the Resident EvilSeries
Supervisor: Jenson, Jennifer
Committee: Ganaele Langlois, John McCullough

Pamela Andrews

Thesis: Somatic Anacrusis: An Experiential Poetics of Deborah Hay's Choreography and Practice in the Solo At Once
Supervisor: Bailey, Steven
Committee: Robinson, Danielle & Levin, Laura

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: Mooers, Colin; Prokopow, Michael

Nicholas Balaisis

Thesis: Seeing for the First Time: Cinema Spectatorship, the Public Sphere, and the Making of Cuban Revolutionary Subjects
Supervisor: Zryd, Michael
Committee: Dowler, Kevin; Marchessault, Janine

Ann Barrow

Thesis: Homeless on the Range: Masculinity and The Orphan Myth in the American Western, 1950-1990
Supervisor: Feldman, Seth
Committee: Cameron, Evan; Leonard, Gary (UT)

Andrew Bieler

Thesis: Exhibiting Climate Change: An Examination of Thresholds of Arts-Sciences Collaborations in the Context of Learning for a Sustainable Future
Supervisor: Marchessault, Janine
Committee: Barndt, Deborah; Crichlow, Warren

Kelly Bronson

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

Roberta Buiani

Thesis: Viral Culture(s): An Investigation into the cultural lives of Computer Viruses
Supervisor: Marchessault, Janine
Committee: Tenhaaf, Nell; Elmer, Greg

Darcey Callison

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

Mahssa Chavoshi

MRP: RYUReady: Building Online Communities
Committee: Prof. Steven Bailey, Prof. Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof & Prof. Anne MacLennan

David Clifton

Thesis: A Lexicon of Force: Framing Language and Television News Coverage of the 2003 War in Iraq
Supervisor: Drache, Daniel
Committee: Fletcher, Fred; Allen, Gene

Nicole Cohen

Alumni Photo Nicole CohenNicole S. Cohen (PhD 2013) 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.

Negotiating Precarious Cultural Work: Freelance Writers and Collective Organization in Media Industries

Supervisor: Mazepa, Patricia
Committee: Vosko, Leah; Ross, Stephanie.

Michelle Coyne

Thesis: This Project Can Be Upcycled Where Facilities Are Available: An Adventure Through Toronto's Food/Waste Scape
Supervisor: Moore, Paul
Committee: Skinner, David; Bailey, Steve

Constance Crompton

Alumni Photo Constance CromptonWhile 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, of Lesbian 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.

Other Projects
The Yellow Nineties and Digital Humanities Summer Institute.

Thesis: Making the Modern Man: Eugen Sandow and Muscled Masculinity
Supervisor: Janzen, Lorraine
Committee: Lightman, Bernie; Braun, Marta

Trevor Cunnington

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

Michael Curran

Thesis: One Nation Under the Market: Mediated Narratives of the 2008 Crisis in America
Supervisor: Bailey, Steve
Committee: Moore, Paul; Dowler, Kevin

Brady Curlew

Thesis: Play/Counterplay: The Cultural Politics of Digital Game Modification
Supervisor: Bailey, Steve
Committee: Crow, Barbara; Elmer, Greg

Patricio Davila

Thesis: Visualization as Assemblage: How Modesty, Ethics, and Attachment Inform a Critical Design Practice
Supervisor:  Marchessault, Janine
Committee:  Fisher, Caitlin & Hadlaw, Jan


Joshua Dittrich

Thesis: Geosonics: Bodies, Instruments, Interfaces
Supervisor:  Cecchetto, David
Committee: Marchessault, Janine

Lai-Tze Fan

Thesis: Pre | Digital Liminalities: A Hermeneutics of the Intermedial and Materiality in the Print Intermedial Novel
Supervisor:  Tschofen, Monique
Committee:  Reisenleitner, Markus & Fisher, Caitlin

Current position: Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & New Media, Department of English and Critical Media Lab, University of Waterloo

Other affiliations: Associate Editor and Director of Communications, electronic book review; Co-Editor, The Digital Review


Edited Books

Post-Digital: Critical Debates from electronic book review volume 2, edited by Joseph Tabbi and co-edited by Jan Baetens, R.M. Berry, David Ciccoricco, Lai-Tze Fan, Davin Heckman, Robert Cashin Ryan, Laura Shackelford, and Brooks Sterritt. Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.

Recent Refereed Journal Articles

Didur, Jill and Lai-Tze Fan. “Between Landscape and the Screen: Locative Media, Transitive Reading, and Environmental Storytelling.” Media Theory vol. 2, no. 1, 2018, pp. 79-107. Special issue on “Geospatial Memory.”

Fan, Lai-Tze. “On the Value of Narratives in a Reflexive Digital Humanities: Towards Representing Figurative Meaning in the Database.” Digital Studies/Le champ numérique vol. 8, no. 1, 2018, pp. 1-29.

Fan, Lai-Tze. “Material Matters in Digital Representation: Tree of Codes as a Literature of Disembodiment.” Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal vol. 51, no. 1, 2018, pp. 37-53.

Fan, Lai-Tze. “Writing while Wandering: Material and Spatial Contingency in Locative Media Narratives.” Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies vol. 23, no. 1, 2017, pp. 5-19. Special Issue: “Writing Digital: Practice, Performance, Theory.”

Recent Book Chapters

Fan, Lai-Tze. “Digital Nature.” Nature and Literary Studies, edited by Peter Remien and Scott Slovic. Series: “Cambridge Critical Concepts,” Cambridge University Press, 20 pp. Forthcoming.

Tschofen, Monique, Nataleah Hunter-Young, Lai-Tze Fan, and Dan Browne. “Reforming Critique: Critical Making as Method and Practice.” Comparative Literature in Canada: Issues of Scholarship, Pedagogy and Publishing in the Contemporary Conjuncture, edited by Susan Ingram and Irene Sywenky, Lexington Books, 2019, pp. 135-157.

Fan, Lai-Tze. “Symbiotic Authorship: A Comparative Textual Criticism of AI-Generated and Human-Edited Poetry.” ReRites: Responses, edited by Stephanie Strickland, Anteism, 2019, pp. 57-64.

Fan, Lai-Tze. “The Digital Intensification of Postmodern Poetics.” The Poetics of Genre in the Contemporary Novel, edited by Tim Lanzendörfer, Lexington Books, 2016, pp. 35-55.

Naomi Fraser

Thesis: We Are All Connected': Internationalism, Communication and Canadian Identity
Supervisor: Berland, Jody
Committee: Shields, John; Isin, Ergin

Anna Friz

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

Amir Ganjavie

Thesis: Contemporary Hollywood and the Spirit of Hope: America, Celluloid, and the Desire (mis)called (dis)Utopia
Supervisor: Bell, Shannon
Committee: Marchessault, Janine; McCullough, John

Tyrone Hall

Thesis: Global Narratives & the Vulnerable Frontiers: A Critical Assessment of Global Climate Change Communication Processes & Traditional Retentions
Supervisor: Anne MacLennan
Committee: Steve Bailey, Tokunbo Ojo, Anne MacLennan, Matthew Tegelberg, David Skinner

Milan Hanan

Thesis: The Media-Foreign Policy Relationship: Pakistan's Media Image and U.S. Foreign Policy
Supervisor: Fletcher, Fred
Committee: Cukier, Wendy; Drache, Daniel

Daniel Harley

Thesis: The Politics of Consumer VR: Framing Contemporary Virtual Reality
 Jensen, Jennifer
Jason Nolan, Ali Mazalek

Alison Harvey

Alumni Photo Allison HarveyLecturer 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.

Personal Website
Allison Harvey

Supervisor: Crow, Barbara
Committee: Coombe, Rosemary; Jenson, Jennifer

Jaigris Hodson

Thesis: Followers, Users and Friends: Technology, Participation and Organizational Stories on the Google, Facebook, and Twitter Blogs 2006-2011
Supervisor: Drache, Daniel
Committee: Cukier, Wendy; Fletcher, Fred

Constance John

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

Jon Johnson

Thesis: Pathways to the Eighth Fire: Mapping Indigenous Knowledge in Toronto
Supervisor: McNab, David
Committee: Fletcher, Fred; Angus, Lynne; Newhouse, David

Naveen Joshi

Thesis: Arranged Identities: Second Generation South Asian Canadians in
Supervisor: Crow, Barbara
Committee: Dua, Enakshi; Coombe, Rosemary

Aleksandra Kaminska

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

Lewis Kaye

Thesis: Hearing Space: The Social Architecture of Aural Experience
Supervisor: Myles Ruggles
Committee: Herman, Andrew; Marchessault, Janine

Mirah Jennifer Kirshner

Thesis: American Girl: A Critical Inquiry Into Dolls, Childhood, and Consumer Culture
Supervisor: Podnieks, Liz
Committee: Steve Bailey, Cheryl Cowdy

Gregory Klages

Thesis: Representative (of) Democracy: The Rise and Decline of the Keynesian Era in Canadian Visual Arts Policy (1941-1984)
Salter, Liora
Committee: Mooers, Colin; Nelles, Viv

Helmut Klassen

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

Christine Korte

Dissertation: Refusing the End of History: The Politics and Aesthetics of FrankCastorf’s Volksbühne
Supervisor: Steven Bailey
Committee: S. Bailey, K. Dowler, E. Slopek, J.Hadlaw, G. Mueller, M. Siegal

Irena Knezevic

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.

Thesis: Discourses of Privatization and Industrialization: Agricultural Changes in the Former Yugoslavia
Supervisor: Fletcher, Fred
Committee: Coombe, Rosemary; Shields, John; Koc, Mustafa

Duncan Korber

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

Alysse Kushinski

Alysse Kushinski is a graduate and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow in Communication and Culture at York University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and holds a Masters of Science in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her current research focuses on the politics and aesthetics of "leaking". Generally, her work sits at the intersection of critical theory, aesthetics, and visual and material culture.

Thesis: The Potential of Leaks: Mediation, Materiality, & Incontinent Domains
Committee: Jan Hadaw, Janine Marchessault, Will Straw, Shannon Bell, Steven Bailey, & Mary Bunch

Martha Ladly

Thesis: Eros, Women, and Technology
Supervisor: Elder, Bruce
Committee: Fisher, Jennifer; Jenson, Jennifer

Andrew Laing

Thesis: A Critical Evaluation of the Methodological Underpinnings of Agenda - Setting Research, and a New Media Approach
Supervisor: Fletcher, Fred
Committee: Davis, Charles; 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

Supervisor: Crow, Barbara
Committee: Bailey, Steve; Elmer, Greg

Sabine Lebel

Thesis: Materiality Form and Container Technologies: Personal Computers and the Environment
Supervisor: Berland, Jody
Committee: Fitzpatrick, Blake; Prokopow, Michael

Steven Logan

Thesis: Modernist Urbanism in the Age of Automobility: Producing Space in the Suburbs of Toronto and Prague
Supervisor: Berland, Jody
Committee: Marchessault, Janine; Keil, Roger

Monica Macdonald

Thesis: Producing the Public Past: Canadian History on CBC Television, 1952-2002
Supervisor: Fletcher, Fred
Committee: Cohnstaedt, Joy;  Heron, Craig

Shana MacDonald

Thesis: Between Frames: Feminist Experimental Media 1960 - 2010
Supervisor: Marchessault, Janine
Committee: Longfellow, Brenda; Levin, Laura; Zryd, Michael

Timothy MacNeill

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

Heather Maguire

Thesis:  Airwaves & Waterways: Mobile Networks, Information & Communication Technologies
Supervisor:  Crow, Barbara
Committee:  Middleton, Catherine; Adelson, Naomi

Sara Martel

Thesis: Seeing Invisible Subjects: The Biopolitics of Perinatal Loss Photograph
Supervisor: Murray, Stuart
Committee: Bailey, Steve; Davidson, Deborah

Victoria McArthur

Thesis: Me, Myself, and I(nterface): An Analysis of Character Creation Interfaces and Affordances in Massively Multiplayer Online Games
Supervisor: Jenson, Jennifer
Committee: Bailey, Steve; Nolan, Jason

David McIntosh

Thesis: Globalization, Networks and Audiovisual Spaces: Shifting Representational Relations in Canada, Mexico and Argentina
Supervisor: Longfellow, Brenda
Committee: Shields, John; Drache, Daniel

Caitlin McKinney

Thesis: The Cultural Politics of Digital Media in Queer Archival Contexts
Supervisor: Driver, Susan
Committee: Noble, Bobby; Eichhorn, Kate

David Meurer

Thesis: Network Narrative: Prose Narrative Fiction and Participatory Cultural Production in Digital Information and Communication Networks
Supervisor: Fisher, Caitlin
Committee: Tschofen, Monique; Coombe, Rosemary

Tanner Mirrlees

Thesis: Cultural Mediations of American Empire
Supervisor: Mooers, Colin
Committee: Forsyth, Scott; McNally, Dave

Aimee Mitchell

Thesis: Amateur Itinerant Filmmaking in 1940s Ontario: A Case Study in the Role of Activists in Preserving Marginal Cinema in Canadians Local Archives
Supervisor: Zryd, Michael
Committee: Marchessault, Janine; Moore, Paul

Ravindra Mohabeer

Alumni Photo Ravindra MohabeerMy 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 2006 (PhD)

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

Thesis: Looking at "made up" girls: Linking girls, life skills and media education
Supervisor: Goodrum, A.
Committee: Crow, Barbara; Jensen, Jennifer

Janice Nathanson

Thesis: From Praxis to Theory: Expanding and Enriching Social Marketing
Supervisor: Seaton, Beth
Committee: Ruggles, Myles; Tschofen, Monique; Fletcher, Fred

Evren Ozselcuk

Thesis: Turkey's Internal Other: Embodiments of Taşra in the Works of Orhan Pamuk, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, and Fatih Akin
Supervisor: Tschofen, Monique
Committee: Antze, Paul; Arat-Koc, Sedef

Helen Papagiannis

Thesis: Augmented Reality as a New Medium: Remediation and Novel Form
Supervisor: Fisher, Caitlin
Committee: Murphy, Michael; Marchessault, Janine

Felan Parker

Felan Parker (CA) recently completed his PhD in Communication & Culture at York University, specializing in digital game studies and cinema and media studies. His dissertation examines the cultural legitimation of digital games as art, and other research interests include independent and aternative games, authorship, transmedia franchises, genre, paratexts, and canon formation. He is currently researching Canadian indie gaming, and teaching film and game studies courses as a sessional instructor.

“Playing Games With Art: The Cultural and Aesthetic Legitimation of Digital Games”

Jennifer Jenson (supervisor), Kevin Dowler, Michael Zryd

Susan Mann Dissertation Scholarship, 2013-2014
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, 2011-2013
Ioan Davies Memorial Award, 2010
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Doctoral, 2009-2011

“Role-Playing The Caper-Gone-Wrong Film in Fiasco,” in Analog Game Studies, 2015
“Indie Game Studies Year Eleven,” in Defragging Game Studies Conference Proceedings, Digital Games Research Association, 2013
“Millions of Voices: Star Wars, Digital Games, Fictional Worlds and Franchise Canon,” in Game On, Hollywood! Essays on the Intersection of Video Games and Cinema, ed. Gretchen Papazian and Joseph Michael Summers, McFarland, 2013
“An Artworld for Artgames,” in Loading… Journal of the Canadian Game Studies Association, Vol. 7, No. 11, 2013
“Play By Play: Audio Commentary in Digital Games,” in Technology and Emerging Media 2012 Proceedings, Canadian Communication Associaion, 2013

Nancy Paterson

Nancy 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.

Received PhD in December 2009.

Currently Employed
Associate Professor at OCAD University
You can find more of Nancy's scholarly papers at SSRN Papers -  Nancy Paterson.

Personal Website Nancy Paterson

Thesis: Bandwidth is Political: Reachability in the Public Internet
Supervisor: Murphy, Michael
Committee: Durlak, Jerry; Fletcher, Fred

Jonathan Petrychyn

Thesis: Networks of Feeling
Committee: Will Straw, Marusya Bociurkiw, Anne MacLennan, Steve Bailey

Richard Pope

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

Scott Preston

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

Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof

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

Ian Robinson

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

Laurence Robitaille

Thesis: Capoeira as a resource: Multiple uses of culture under conditions of transnational neoliberalism
Supervisor: Coombe, Rosemary
Committee: Robinson, Danielle; Little, Kenneth

Philip Rose

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 Chapters

  • “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.

Thesis: Pragmatism not Idealism: Radiohead, Technology, and the Global Movement for Change.
Supervisor: Bowman, Rob
Committee: Marchessault, Janine; MacLennan, Anne

Wade Rowland

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

Jennifer Ryan

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

Giovanni Salas

Thesis: Reclaiming Craftsmanship
Committee: E. Slopek, Prof. M. Murphy, Prof. S. Bailey, Prof. A. MacLennan, Prof. K. Thompson & Prof. B. Logan

Philip Savage

Alumni Photo Phillip Savage TSH 325
Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia (CSMM)
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4L8
Phone: (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


 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.

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 Multimedia 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). [forthcoming]
  • 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

Thesis: Arts Intervention: Activating Cultural Memory for Social Change
Supervisor: Fletcher, Fred
Committee: Shields, John; Raboy, Marc

Lisa Schincairol

Thesis: Lelawala at the Brink: Visual Culture and Colonial History in Niagara Falls, Ontario
Supervisor: Dowler, Kevin
Committee: Barndt, Deborah; Tschofen, Monique

Robinder Sehdev

Thesis: Wound Uploaders: Self-Injurers' Visual Narrative on Social Media
Supervisor: Berland, Jody
Committee: O'Neill, John; Sekyi-Otu, Ato

Yukari Seko

Thesis: Interrogating a Politics of Time: Temporality & Difference from the Agora to the Airport
Supervisor: Elmer, Greg
Committee: Bailey, Steve; Nolan, Jason

Sarah Sharma

Supervisor: Berland, Jody
Committee: Slopek, Ed; Dowler, Kevin

Tina Sikka

Thesis: Recuperating Politics from Deconstruction: A Pragmatist Critique
Supervisor: Ruggles, Myles
Committee: Coombe, Rosemary; Alhassan, Amin

Christopher Smith

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

David Smith

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

Carolyn Steele

Thesis: NFB/Interactive: Understand the Role of the Interface in the Production of Meaning in Interactive Online Documentaries
Supervisor: Fisher, Caitlin
Committee: Bailey, Steven

Chad Story

Thesis: Obscuring Austerity: The Politics and Practices of ‘Citizen-Centred’ Design
Supervisor: Hadlaw, Jan
Committee: Obar, Jonathan; Coulter, Natalie

Sara Swain

Thesis: Feral Ecologies: A Foray Into the Worlds of Animals and Media
Supervisor: Zryd, Michael
Committee: Marchessault, Janine; Moore, Paul

Joseph Turcotte

Thesis: Creative Transformation and the Knowledge-Based Economy: Intellectual Property and Access to Knowledge Under Informational Capitalism
Supervisor: Coombe, Rosemary
Committee: Baskoy, Tuna & Ojo, Tokunbo

Michael Thorn

Thesis: Know Thyself: Truth and Confesson Mediating Religion and Psychology in the Christian Ex-Gay Movement
Supervisor: Moore, Paul
Committee: Lessard, Bruno; Skinner, David

Scott Uzelman

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

Jennifer VanderBurgh

Thesis: City Nation and Television: The Signification of Toronto Television Drama and the Consolidation of Centre-Margin Relations
Supervisor: Marchessault, Janine
Committee: Feldman, Seth; Morris, Peter

Laura Visan

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

Martin Watson

Thesis: The Sublime as Model: Formal Complexity in Joyce, Eisenstein and Stockhausen
Supervisor: Elder, Bruce
Committee: Cody, Susan; Balfour, Ian

Nataniel Weiner

Thesis: The Not-So-Secret Vice: Menswear, Masculinity & Consumption in Six Online Communities
Committee: S. Bailey, Shaun Cole, G. Vanstone, M. Reisenleitner, A. MacLennan, S. Muzzatti

Melissa West

Thesis: The Cultural Production of Madonna: Commodity and Corporation
Supervisor: Berland, Jody
Committee: Moores, Colin; Skinner, David

Jessica Whitehead

Kyler Zeleny

Dissertation: Visualizing the Canadian Prairies: Photographic Representations of Rurality
Supervisor: Paul Moore
Committee: Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof, Jan Hadlaw, Blake Fitzpatrick, Aritha van Herk, Paul Moore, Chloë Brushwood Rose

Han Zhang

Thesis: The Root of Excellence: An Interpretive Approach to Understanding Elder Care within Transnational Chinese Families in Canada
Supervisor: Bailey, Steven
Committee: Blum, Alan; Ingram, Susan

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