PhD Students

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Latifa Abdin

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Jackson Ainsworth

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Rawan Al-Wakeal

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Mohammad Aldhahri

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Daryoush Ayvaizin Kari

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Mahmood Ahmadi-Afzadi

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Elisa Arca Jarque

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Xuan Au Duong

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Joshua Augustino

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

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Srijan Batra

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Jessica Bay

Student Photo Jessica BayPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
MA, English 2014, University of Lethbridge
MA, Popular Culture 2011, Brock University
BA, Film & Video Studies 2006, University of Regina

Stream
Media and Culture (M&C)

Areas of Research Interest 
Media Industries Studies; Fan Studies; Fangirls; Marketing; Fan Conventions; Experiential Marketing.

Research
Jessica's current research considers the use of fan practices in the marketing of Hollywood studios with a particular focus on the mini-major Lionsgate and its blockbuster film aimed at teen fangirls, The Hunger Games. The research grows out of Jessica's previous work on the position blockbuster sequels occupy in Hollywood as an industry and the role of fanfiction in the publication industry.

Supervisory Committee
Moore, Paul S. (Supervisor); MacLennan, Anne F.; Coulter, Natalie

Sara Bimo

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Mary-Ann Boateng

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Alexandra Borkowski

Student Photo Alexandra BorkowskiPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
BA, Art History, McGill University
MA, Aural and Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College University of London

Stream
Media and Culture (M&C)

Areas of Research Interest 
Sound studies, feminist theory, media archaeology, contemporary art, performance studies, music and popular culture.

Anneka Bosse

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Cynthia Breen

Student PhotoPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
BA, Media Studies, University of Guelph
Diploma, Public Relations, Humber College
MCM, McMaster University

Stream
Media and Culture (M&C)

Areas of Research Interest 
Media Industries Studies; Fan Studies; Fangirls; Marketing; Fan Conventions; Experiential Marketing.

Research
I have extensive experience in public relations and strategic communications, with a specialization in digital content and integrated marketing, including managing a variety of digital communications projects and social media throughout my career.
My research area is using data to drive public relations success, specifically in the area of fundraising.

Additional Information
I am currently a full time faculty member at Conestoga College in the Public Relations program.

I have presented my work various public relations and fundraising conferences in North America, including the World Public Relations Forum and the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education.

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Alex Chalk

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Terri Chu

Student PhotoPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
Bachelor of Applied Science (Aerospace Engineering)
Masters in Engineering (Civil - Energy systems specialist)

Research
I want to know how to fight the formidable force that anti-science advocates have become. The climate change deniers have set us back decades and our children are now more likely of dying from famine than making it to old age. Anti Vaxxers have brought back measles and endanger those who are immunocompromised. The anti science discourse is a danger to a democratic society. My interests lie in understanding and combating it.

Additional Information 
Board member - Annex Residents' Association
Chair - Annex Residents' Association -Parks, Trees, and Environment committee

Founder of "Why Should I Care?" - a NFP dedicated to increasing civic participation in politics

Founder of "Plateshare" - new initiative to reduce landfill by providing plates and forks in various locations and encouraging party hosts to borrow instead of use disposable

Publications
Book Chapters
2014 T. Chu, M. Ragowska, M. Richardson, “The Importance of District Energy in Building Resilient Cities”, Canada: Becoming a Sustainable Energy Superpower, Ed. C. Bowman, R. Marceau, pp 169-186, Canadian Academy of Engineers,

2014
Peer Reviewed Publications

Book Chapters
2013
T. Chu, S. Yee, “How District Energy Systems can be used to Reduce Infrastructure Costs and Environmental Burdens”, Sustainability Appraisal:`Quantitative Methods and Mathematical Techniques for Environmental Performance Evaluation, Ed. Erechtchoukova et al, pp 195-211, Springer-Verlag,

2013
Conference Papers

2018
T. Chu, S. Chen, A. Mayoral Baños, R. Hartani, “Increasing Renewable Energy Penetration Through Strategic Deployment of IoT Devices”, Proceedings of IEEE Canada Electrical Power and Energy Conference 2018, IEEE Press.

Non- referred Publications
2014 T Chu, “Municipal Planning for Severe Weather: District Energy can be part of  the Solution”, District Energy Magazine, 2014, Q2, p 69

Giovanna Cioffi

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

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Axelle Demus

Student PhotoPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
I have a BA and an MA in Anglophone Studies from the Université de Nantes, France.

Research
My dissertation develops a history of Canadian LGBTQ2+ public access television, while exploring the ways in which affect circulated through these programs, as well as how these shows have been preserved through affective mobilizations. In particular, I argue that these programs and their archives mobilize queer feelings of belonging, circulate community affects, and mediate the experience of queer folks in Canada through the lens of a powerful--yet ephemeral and transitory--medium: television.

Additional Information
My research interests include queer and feminist media theory and history, television studies, archives, and alternative media. I am currently a student researcher for the SSHRC-funded project Archive/Counter-Archive, as well as a member of the Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought's Graduate Student Caucus at Ryerson. I also use experimental filmmaking to explore issues of space/place, loss, bodies, activism, and identity; my recent films deal with the disappearance of spaces for queer women in Toronto and the current opioid epidemic.

Patrick Dolan

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Jeffery Donison

Student Photo Jeff DonisonPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
Honours BA Professional Writing (York)
MA Popular Music & Culture (University of Western Ontario)

Stream
Technology in Practice (TinP)

Areas of Research Interest
Identity, Podcasting, Race, Representation, Sound

Research
Jeff's current research focuses on participatory cultures and digital technology, specifically dealing with identity and representation in Canadian minority podcasting and the use of sound as a primary epistemological tool for decolonizing historical narratives.

Supervisory Committee 
MacLennan, Anne; Hadlaw, Jan; Ojo, Tokunbo

Presentations
Donison, J. (2018, December 13). The misconception of Lauryn Hill: Combatting
male spaces in hip hop. Future Communications Graduate Conference - 2018. Toronto, ON: York University.

Donison, J. (2019, March 9). Horror movies on wax: Examining violence in ‘90’s horrorcore rap. Intersections | Cross-sections Graduate Conference - 2019. Toronto, ON: Ryerson University.

Donison, J. (2019, November 9). “Who speaks for us, who represents us?”
Analyzing Canadian television vox pop practices. Two Days of Canada Conference: Canadian Screens – 2019. St. Catharines, ON: Brock University.

Publications
Donison, J. (2019, August 5). The Serial podcast and storytelling in the digital
age [Book review]. Digital Journalism. Retrieved from
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21670811.2019.1648188

Donison, J. (2019, November). The race of sound: Listening, timbre, and vocality
in African American music [Book review]. Journal of Radio & Audio Media, 26(2).

Wendy Donnan

Student Photo of WendybDonnanPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
Honours HBA in English and French Language and Literature (University of Western Ontario)
MA Cinema and Media Studies (York)

Research
Her PHD Thesis examines one of the first English Canadian film magazines, Take One (1966-1979), through the lens of the exclusionary politics of cultural nationalism.  Wendy has over 25 years of experience in broadcasting and independent production. Her latest project, which she is co-producing with Barbara Evans from York U, is Bee Queens: Collaborating with the Hive, a documentary exploring the bee as a source of inspiration for Canadian artists.   Wendy is also cofounder /Lead Programmer and Executive Director of the Oakville Festivals of Film and Art, which runs the Oakville Film Festival, now in its eighth year.

Additional Information
Wendy has also worked in the broadcasting industry and independent production for 25+ years, having been on the launch team for Diginet PrideVision TV(OUTtv),  as well as stints at TVOntario and The Weather Network. She has also produced many documentary/film/TV series that have aired on TV networks worldwide, and launched award-winning educational websites such as www.spiesintheshadows.com, which is being used in schools across Canada and internationally.

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Dilli Edingo

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Elizabeth Edwards

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Masoud Eskandari

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

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Tamar Faber

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Nicholas Fazio

Student Photo Nicholas FazioPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
Master of Arts, Communication & Culture, York University and Ryerson University
Bachelor of Arts with Honors, Communication, Culture, and Information Technology (CCIT), University of Toronto

Stream
Media and Culture (M&C)

Areas of Research Interest
Philosophy of language, surveillance, critical theory, poststructuralism, posthumanism, technopolitics, mediation

Research
Currently: understanding the industrialization of language in the internet age, its concomitant technopolitics, and recombining philosophies of language and technology (drawing from German idealism and French poststructuralism) to address this techno-lingual confluence.

Nicholas' master's thesis focused on protocols of language surveillance, databasing, and patterns of neurological entrainment among Apple and Samsung smartphone users. His analysis of the above fell within a framework of Deleuzian societies of control and post-Operaist theories of immaterial labour and language.

Victoria Fleming

Student Photo Victoria FlemingPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

 

 

 

 

 

Johanna Fraser

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

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Marion Grant

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

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Keah Hansen

Student Photo Victoria FlemingPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Abu Faiz Md Haque

Student PhotoPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
MA in Communication & Culture, York and Ryerson Joint Graduate Program
MBA in Finance, The People’s University of Bangladesh
MA in English, National University, Bangladesh
Ontario College Graduate Certificate in Videography—Broadcast Journalism/Documentary, Conestoga College
BA (Pass), National University, Bangladesh

Research
Abu's research interest lies in exploring the boundaries within the discursive practices of socio-political and cultural representations. He is a documentary filmmaker and has been the featured artist in two solo exhibitions. Abu is interested in combining research with creativity—either representing research findings through a creative process or using creativity as a means of inquiry. He is the winner of The Ken Mackenzie Memorial Award & Bell Media Videography Digital Media Award.

Additional Information
Publication
Haque, Abu. “Space in Contemporary Cinema: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Manchester by the Sea and The Shape of Water.” The Journal of Communication and Media Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, March 2019, pp. 23-31.

Conference
46th ICOHTEC Symposium, University of Silesia, Poland
“Technological Mediation: Alienated Bodies”
July 22-29, 2019

International Graduate Student Symposium, York University
“In the Line of Fire: Disposable Body of Labour”
February 21-22, 2019

New Frontiers Graduate Conference in History
“Ambiguity of the Spatiotemporal”
February 21-23, 2019

Third International Conference on Communication & Media Studies, University of Berkeley, CA
“Space in Contemporary Cinema”
October 18-19, 2018

Annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2018, University of Regina, Canada
“Marginality: Space for Anxiety and Struggle”
May 30-June 1, 2018

Canadian Studies Conference, Carleton University, Canada
“Memory and Erasure: A Subaltern View”
October 28-29, 2016

Film Screening
Intersections | Cross-sections Conference 2017, Ryerson University
"How the Niqab defeated the Harper Government in the 2015 General Election"
March 10-11, 2017

Documentary Showcase, Princess Twin Cinema
“Finding Mitzi”
April 23, 2014

Exhibition
Extension of the Self, DRIK Gallery, Dhaka
August 2007

Inside Out: Face of the Time
Zainul Gallery, Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka University
July 2005

Andreea Hluscu

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
MA, Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies - University of Toronto
Honours BA, Drama - University of Waterloo

Stream
Media and Culture (M&C)

Areas of Research Interest
Sports, sports media, performance studies

Kacie Hopkins

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Emilie Hurst

Student PhotoPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
BA in Music and Creative Writing - Dalhousie University
MA in Music and Culture - Carleton University

Research
I research contemporary opera fans focusing on the reception of Richard Wagner here in Toronto, aiming to bring together the field of musicology, fandom and media studies.

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Kennedy Jawoko

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

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Shahbaz Khayambashi

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Shila Khayambashi

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Irina Kovalenko

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

 

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Lisa La Rocca

Student PhotoPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
MA Communication and New Media, McMaster University - OGS funded research for “The Use of Internet Technologies by Canadian Musicians”.

Areas of Research Interest
Canadian Music Industry, the dichotomy between record labels and independent artists, public music funding in Canada, and concert ticketing platforms.

Additional Information
Lisa La Rocca is currently Director of Operations at independent record label Sonic Unyon Records in Hamilton, which includes producing Hamilton’s Supercrawl festival, and many other live music and cultural events year-round.

Conference presentations
Independent Music and Space: A Study of Independent Musicians and Their Local Music Communities. Screen: Communication Graduate Caucus Conference (Carleton University, 2014)

Has the Independent Musician Been Empowered? Analyzing the Use of Internet Technologies for Music Promotion. TEM 2014: Annual Conference of the Canadian Communication Association (Brock University, 2014)

Supercrawl, a Case Study: The Growth of a Music and Arts Street Festival in Hamilton, Ontario. Colloquium on Urban Arts Festivals in Canada. (McGill University, 2014)

Mary Grace Lao

Student Photo Mary Grace LaoPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
BSc, Psychology and Exceptionality in Human Learning, University of Toronto MEd, Brock University

Areas of Research Interest
Politics of representation, Asian studies, online “space”, and surveillance.

Research
Her PhD research looks at gender-based violence and rape culture in the context of social media and if/how it affects the ways that issues of sexual violence and assault are framed in mainstream media.

Supervisory Committee
Bailey, Steve; Moore, Paul; Langlois, Ganaele

Additional Information
Mary Grace was co-chair of ComCult’s annual Intersections | Cross-Sections Conference and Art Exhibit in 2016 and has recently completed summer-long Education Specialist internship with the Shanti Uganda Society, working with midwives on improving maternal and infant health programs in Luwero District, Uganda.

Awards and Distinctions

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Doctoral (2016, 2017)
York University International Internship Award (2016)
Brock University Master of Education Research Fellowship (2011)

Publications and Presentations
Book Review, “Joseph M. Reagle Jr: Reading the Comments: Likers, Haters, and Manipulators at the Bottom of the Web,” International Journal of Communication Vol. 10 (2016).
Presentation with Chris Alton, “Villain Fandom: The Romanticization of KIlgrave in Jessica Jones,” Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference, Calgary, AB, June 2016.

Presentation, “Crisis in Broadcasting: An Examination of the CBC’s Response to Jian Ghomeshi,” BEA 2016 Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April 2016.

Ryan Legassicke

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Bryn Ludlow

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
PhD(c), Communication & Culture, York University (Expected, 2020)
Cert., Health Equity & Diversity, University of Toronto (2019)
M.A., Health and Aging, McMaster University (2012)
B.F.A., Integrated Media, OCAD University (2010)

Research
Dissertation: "Diverse perspectives on digital stories by former youth in foster care in Canada," https://brynludlow.com/portfolio/dissertation/

Additional Information
My dissertation research study addresses "Multidisciplinary perspectives on digital stories created by former youth in foster care in Canada". With Skype, I used video elicitation and semi-structured interviewing with 35 individuals working in the arts, health care, and social services, across 10 countries, to find out "What makes a great story?" More broadly, my research and teaching interests are in applications of digital, arts-based methods, including: digital storytelling, body mapping, and human-centered design as a way to address health disparities among diverse and marginalized populations. I am an affiliated researcher at the LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research at York University, the HeART Lab at the University of Toronto, and the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University.

https://brynludlow.com

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Stephanie Mackenzie-Smith

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Patricia Marcoccia

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Michael Marlatt

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

George Martin

Student Photo George MartinPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
MSc in Conservation, University Hong Kong

Research
His research considers sociological aspects of heritage conservation in cities. This involves examining how notions of historic cultural values are formulated through conversation and debate.

Additional Information
George has worked as an urban planning consultant in Toronto and Vancouver.

Daniela Mastrocola

Student Photo Daniela MastrocolaPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
BA (Hons.), University of Toronto in English and Political Science
BA, York University, Communication Studies.
MA, Communication & Social Justice, University of Windsor
OGS-funded research assessed CBC coverage of the Canadian seal hunts from the perspectives of Inuit sealers and animal rights activists.

Research
Daniela’s research and teaching interests include the political economy of communication and culture, alternative and activist media, and communication for social justice. Currently, her research explores the impacts of deregulation and digitalization on campus-community radio stations in Canada. Her recent work “Another One Bites the Dust? The Transition from CHRY 105.5FM to VIBE105” was awarded the CRTC Prize for Excellence in Policy Research.

Additional Information
Before beginning her doctorate, Daniela was the News & Spoken Word Coordinator at CHRY 105.5FM/VIBE105, where she oversaw the creation and dissemination of critical, locally reflective talk-radio content, largely with a social justice orientation.

Autumn Mayes

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Alejando Mayoral Banos

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Samuel McCready

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Ali Mehboob Hirji

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Sophia Melanson

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Immony Men

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Ellouise Mgeachie

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Fizza Mir

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Andrey Miroshnichenko

Student PhotoPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
Diploma with honours in journalism, 1993.
A degree in linguistics and journalism (PhD equivalent) with the dissertation on semantics of the Soviet media and propaganda, 1996.

Research
The current PhD dissertation is focused on the media conditions and cultural preconditions of post-truth. Post-truth is explored within the framework of media ecology and the political economy of communications with the application of Marshall McLuhan’s concept of figure/ground analysis. Trumpism, fake news, polarization, along with transformative processes in old, new media and mass consciousness, are also in the focus of the research.

Publications
Berger, Eva; Logan, Robert K.; Ringel, Anat; and Miroshnichenko, Andrey. (2019). “MEDIACY: A way to enrich media literacy.” Journal of Media Literacy Education, 11(3), 85 -90.

Samoilenko, Sergei A., and Miroshnichenko, Andrey. (2019). “Profiting From the ‘Trump Bump’: The Effects of Selling Negativity in the Media.” In: Chiluwa, Innocent E., & Samoilenko, Sergei A. (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Deception, Fake News, and Misinformation Online. Pp. 375-391.

Miroshnichenko, Andrey. (2018). “AI to Bypass Creativity. Will Robots Replace Journalists? (The Answer Is 'Yes').” Information, 9, 183.

Miroshnichenko, Andrey. (2016). “Extrapolating on McLuhan: How Media Environments of the Given, the Represented, and the Induced Shape and Reshape Our Sensorium.” Philosophies, 1(3), 170-189.

Miroshnichenko, Andrey. (2015). “Media Ecology as Ecology Contrariwise: Protecting Humans from an Environment.” Systema: connecting matter, life, culture and technology, Vol 3, No 1-2015, 89-104.

Additional Information
The author of “Human as media. The emancipation of authorship” (2013) and other books on media, politics and marketing.

Fulbright-Kennan scholar (2012-13). Media futurologist and expert with appearances in The New York Times, BBC, The Huffington Post, The Awl and other media outlets.

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Stephen Neville

Student PhotoPhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
Master of Arts, Communication & Culture, York University and Ryerson University
Bachelor of Arts with Honors, Culture and Expression, York University

Stream
Technology in Practice (TinP)

Areas of Research Interest
Privacy, Surveillance, Media Ecology, Media Archaeology, Sound Studies

Research
Stephen J. Neville is a SSHRC-funded PhD student and former recipient of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s award. His master’s research on privacy and surveillance issues of smart speaker technology was awarded the 2019 Beaverbrook Prize by the Canadian Communication Association. As a research associate at the Infoscape Lab at Ryerson University he uses qualitative and digital methods to approach issues of political communication on social media platforms. His dissertation explores smart assistants (e.g. Alexa, Siri) through a genealogy of sonic interfaces and other assistive platforms.

Publications:
Neville, S. J. 2020. “Eavesmining: A Critical Audit of the Amazon Echo and Alexa Conditions of Use.” Surveillance and Society 18 (3): 343–56. https://doi.org/10.24908/ss.v18i3.13426.
Elmer, G., S. J. Neville & A. Burton. 2020. “Zoom-bombings disrupt online events with racist and misogynist language.” The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/zoom-bombings-disrupt-online-events-with-racist-and-misogynist-attacks-138389

Presentations:
November 2019 Digital Citizenship Cultures: Canadian Adversarial Politics, Poster Session for Rubix Research Festival, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
June 2019 Surveillance and Big Data on the Home Front for Canadian Communication Association, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
March 2019 Listening In: The Domestication of Voice-controlled Technology for University of Amsterdam, Department of Media Studies, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
March 2019 Listening In: The Domestication of Voice-controlled Technology for Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Oceane Nyela

Student PhotoPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences with a Major in Criminology and a Minor in Sociology.

Research
My research interests sit at the intersections of race and technology. Particularly, I am interested in studying the ways in which the Black Canadians have used technology to create and sustain their identity in relationship with the rest of the Black diaspora.

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Olawale Oluwatayo

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

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Elizaveta Poliakova

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Matthew Poulter

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

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Grayson Richards

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Chelsea Russell

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

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Rory Sharp

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Ketzia Sherman

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Amy Siegel

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Hanako Smith

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Sarah Smithies

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

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Paula Todd

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Kristen Tollan

Photo of student Kristen TollanPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
MA in Disability Studies, Brock University (2021)
BA honours in Child and Youth Studies, Brock University (2018)

Stream
Media and Culture (M&C)

Areas of Research Interest
Disability studies, social media, education

Research
Kristen is interested in exploring the use of social media as a tool for connection and creativity by disabled students during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting school closures in Canada. Disabled students have faced many struggles during the pandemic, including increased ableism, fluctuating accommodations and few opportunities for social interaction. She aims to use interviews and creative methodologies to shed light on the experiences of a commonly ignored group in society, ironically during a global health crisis, and amplify these voices as a disabled woman herself.

Supervisory Committee
Eliza Chandler (Supervisor)

Additional Information
Teaching assistant for the Department of Social Sciences;
Editor in chief and founding member of Monstering Magazine, publishing art and literature by disabled people who have faced gender-based oppression;
Online at www.krisability.com

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Davis Vallesi

Student Photo Davis VallesiPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
MA, Cultural Analysis & Social Theory, Wilfrid Laurier University
BA, Digital Media & Journalism, Wilfrid Laurier University

Stream
Technology in Practice (TinP)

Areas of Research Interest
journalism, democracy, elections, citizenship, public opinion, newspapers, digital media, public sphere, surveillance capitalism, privacy

Research
I am interested in developing connections between the communicative landscape and the political/electoral process in Canada. My doctoral dissertation, "Trudeau Squared" entails a comparative analysis of the 1968 and 2019 federal elections, intended to illustrate how the technological or material qualities of communication mediums influence the ways that voters are politically informed.

Supervisory Committee
Anne MacLennan (Supervisor), Tokunbo Ojo, Jonathan Obar

Additional Information
York Writing Centre Instructor, 2020-
PhD Representative, Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards Committee, 2020-2022
York President, ComCult GSA, 2019-2020

E-mail: dvallesi@yorku.ca.

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Kuan Yun Wang

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Aviva Weizman

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Brianna Wiens

Student PhotoPhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Degrees
BA, University of Waterloo (Major: Honours Speech Communication; Minors: French and Women's Studies)
MA, University of Colorado Boulder (Communication Studies, specializing in Rhetoric & Culture)

Research
Brianna I. Wiens's research is motivated by intersectional, queer, and trans feminist politics and sits at the nexus of feminist technoscience, queer affect, and feminist new materialism. Her work takes up these bodies of research to (a) explore and apply intersectional feminist philosophy and practice as a form of techné to (b) ask about the potential of queer and feminist technologies for hashtag activisms, while (c) conceptualizing such technologies and hashtag activisms as pharmakon.

Additional Information
Wiens is a co-convener of the qcollaborative (http://www.qcollaborative.com/), an intersectional feminist research design lab, and a doctoral candidate in ComCult. She is currently the lead research assistant on a SSHRC Insight Development project on digital aesthetic resistance and a HeforShe Impact study on collaborative and creative feminist approaches for building supportive communities for diverse groups of students across campus under the supervision of Dr. Shana MacDonald at the University of Waterloo. Recently published work includes a paper on “Mobilizing the ‘Multi-Mangle’: Why New Materialist Research Methods in Public Participatory Art Matter” (2019) in the special issue of Leisure Sciences on Posthumanism and a forthcoming article on #MeToo and the poiesis of hashtag feminisms in Feminist Media Studies. Wiens is currently co-editing a collection of essays with Lexington Press on networked feminisms, activist assemblies, and digital practices.

Samantha Whatley

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

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Anna Young

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Zhao, Yuxi (Sebastian)

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

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David Zinman

PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

 

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