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Austin Adams

PhD student


Austin Adams, BA-Hons. (York University), MA (York University) is a PhD student with specializations in Canadian Politics and Public Policy. His research focuses on the intersection of technology and politics. More specifically he focuses on the tensions inherent in the intersect between public policy and technology, broadly defined, and examines the potential of the state leveraging a venture capital model to better achieve its objectives.

In his Master’s Research Project, he studied the erosion of truth in the public sphere caused by the loss of credibility in mass media, and the impact of information communication technologies (social media, networked communication) on interpersonal discourse. This analysis was grounded in political theory and included a consideration of the collapse of democracy into tyranny first gestured to by Plato, a reconceptualization of Marx’s commodity fetishism, and an empirical analysis of Canadian public policy.

Outside of academia, Austin is an experienced Project Manager in the tech industry, specializing in software as a service (SasS) platforms and enterprise class workforce management solutions. He has successfully deployed numerous programs (with values in excess of $1M) leveraging PMBOK methodologies. Professional Certifications include: Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and Project Management Professional (PMP) (in progress).

Awards: Summa Cum Laude (2016, 2017), Dean’s Honour List (2016, 2017), Verney MA Book Prize – Finalist (2017), Louise Lewin Award (2016)

Languages: English, French