ALiGN researcher, writer, contributing editor, and podcaster.
An award-winning journalist and author, Kathy Dobson’s work has appeared in the Globe & Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Canadian Living, Chatelaine, Maclean’s magazine and more. A former news stringer for the CBC, Kathy also produced numerous documentaries for CBC Radio. She has two certificates in social work from the University of Waterloo, and her master’s research at Wilfrid Laurier University examined the whistling-blowing platform WikiLeaks. She is currently pursuing a PhD as a Vanier Scholar at Carleton University in the School of Journalism and Communication, researching the role of digital technologies as a catalyst for political involvement and social justice for marginalized communities. Kathy is also examining the construction, circulation, and reinforcement of particular cultural narratives concerning poverty and those living in poverty, including the sharing of ‘poor-bashing’ memes on social media platforms. Kathy grew up in a Montréal neighbourhood that, at the time, was described by the National Film Board as being one of the “toughest in all of Canada,” a fact she never gets tired of bragging about.