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Meg Lonergan

PhD Candidate (Legal Studies)

Meg Lonergan is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Legal Studies in the Specialization in Political Economy program. She is currently writing her dissertation under the working title Snuff: A Socio-Legal Haunting which is a mixed-method genealogy on how the legend of snuff films has haunted Canadian law, culture, and regulation since the 1970s. Lonergan situates her research within cultural criminology and porn studies. Her research interests include crime and media; law and technology; regulation and violence; and stigmatized sexual practices and identities.

Meg is the PhD Departmental Rep for the 2019-2020 academic year and also runs the GLSA Twitter account @CarletonGLSA.


Dr. Lara Karaian (Criminology, Carleton University) & Dr. Steve Jones (Media Studies, Northumbria University)


  • Master of Arts in Gender Studies, Queen’s University
  • Honours Bachelor of Social Science in Joint Honours Criminology & Women’s Studies, University of Ottawa

Selected Publications

  • Lonergan, M. (2020). Hard-on of darkness: Gore and shock websites as the dark tourism of digital space. Porn Studies.
  • Lonergan, M. (2019). It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s security as pacification! Security as Pacification in Superman Red Son. Panic at the Discourse, 1(2), 77-86.
  • Lonergan, M. (2018). The surrealism of men’s rights discourses on sexual assault allegations: A feminist reading of Kafka’s The Trial. Atlantis: Journal of Women’s Studies & Culture, 39(1), 18-30.
  • Lonergan, M. (2017). Witches, bitches, and white feminism: A critical analysis of American Horror Story: Coven. Render: The Carleton Graduate Journal of Art and Culture, 5(1), 1-12.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • “Explicit governance: Authenticity, simulation and snuff in the digital era.” Canadian Law and Society Annual Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 3 to 5th, 2019
  • “Real scary/Scary real: (Dis)simulated horrors of snuff.” Law, Culture and the Humanities, Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, Canada, March 22 & 23, 2019
  • “Some Thing You Just Can’t Snuff Out: The Libidinal Economy of Snuff Films.” International Meeting of Law and Society, Toronto, Canada, June 7-10th, 2018.

Courses Taught

LAWS 2301 Criminal Justice System; LAWS 3501 Law in the Information Society