Sean Graham

Adjunct Research Professor

Degrees:B.A. (Nipissing), M.A. (Regina), Ph.D. (Ottawa)
Website:Sean Graham’s Website

Research Interests

  • North American Radio and Broadcasting
  • Popular Culture
  • Communications Theory and Practice
  • Media Studies

Sean Graham specializes North American media, broadcasting, and culture. He has written about the early Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, gender in 1930s radio, and the North American media environment.  In addition, he has written Lace Up! A History of Skates in Canada with noted expert Jean-Marie Leduc, which is scheduled to be released in November 2017.

He has served as a research affiliate in the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, where he was the William Lyon Mackenzie King Post-Doctoral Fellow for 2015-2016. In addition to Carleton, he has taught at Harvard University, the University of Ottawa, and the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.

In addition to his academic work, he is currently working with the Ottawa Police Association to document the OPA’s history. He is also an editor at where he is the host/producer of the History Slam Podcast.

Select Publications

  1. Books
    • Graham, Sean. Live From Canada! The Emergence of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. University of Toronto Press. Under Contract and Forthcoming.
    • Jean-Marie with Sean Graham and Julie Léger. Lace Up! Skates and the Canadian Imagination. 144 pgs. Forthcoming, 2017.
  2. Refereed Articles
    • Graham, Sean. “Little Place for Women: Masculinity, Femininity, and Early Canadian Radio.” Media History. Under Review
    • Graham, Sean. “Just Around the Corner: The CBC and Television, 1936-1939,” Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television 35 no. 2 (2015): 300-318.
    • Graham, Sean. “Unity Through Ambiguity.” Strata: University of Ottawa Graduate Student History Review, 1 no. 2 (2011): 1-27.
  3. Review Article
    • Graham, Sean. “Recasting Mr. Sage: The Renewed Interest in R.B. Bennett.” Left History. 17 no. 2 (2013): 109-116.
  4. Non-Peer Reviewed Professional Contributions
    • Graham, Sean. “How the CBC Began.” Talking History Series. September 18, 2015.
    • Graham, Sean. “Gun Violence in the United States: The Frontier Mentality.” January 9, 2013.
    • ‘Sleepless in Seattle’, ‘The Lion King’, ‘Finding Nemo’, ‘Mel Brooks’, ‘Michael Moore’, ‘Product Tie-Ins’, entries for Movies and American Culture: An Encyclopaedia, ed. Philip C. DiMare, ABC-CLIO, July 2011.
    • Graham, Sean. “Great War Commemoration & Social Memory in Canada.” Perspectives: The Journal of the Saskatchewan Council of Social Sciences, 41, (2): 13.
    • Graham, Sean. “Bringing Canada into the Classroom: The CBC as an Educational Tool.” Perspectives: The Journal of the Saskatchewan Council of Social Sciences, 41,(1): 7.