Research pushes human understanding forward, invigorates our teaching, and makes change happen.
Being part of Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication means being connected to some of the most inspiring and esteemed scholars in contemporary Communication and Media Studies. Our faculty includes Canada Research Chairs and Canada Research Professors, winners of the Canadian Communication Association’s Robinson Book Prize and other awards, and two members of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Many faculty members and graduate students hold grants and scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, as well as other public and private funders. We contribute to key debates in our field and in public life.
The diversity of the School’s faculty highlights the wide range of research areas supported in Communication and Media Studies – from studying mobile apps and comic books to big data and climate change.
Faculty Research Profiles
What do we know about the creators of comics?
While comic book characters dominate popular culture, little is known about the creative professionals who produce comics. Benjamin Woo studies these individuals and the conditions under which they work.
Do data have politics?
Tracey Lauriault investigates how the data we produce every day are used to shape the world we live in—and not always in ways we expect. Our data can be used... More
What is the social impact of pandemic narratives?
Sheryl Hamilton studies the impact of pandemic culture—in which we are continually advised of the risk of contracting diseases—including its simultaneous narratives of human vulnerability and agency.
How do apps reveal norms about sexual violence?
Rena Bivens studies apps designed to address sexual violence in order to understand how politics, values and norms are embedded in technology by designers, programmers, and stakeholders.
A Vibrant Research Culture
Carleton’s Communication and Media Studies program is a diverse, interdisciplinary, and collegial intellectual community with research at its heart. Each year, our faculty are joined by the Visiting Professor of Communication and Media Studies and a slate of visiting speakers. Signature events include the annual Attallah Lecture and the Communication Graduate Conference. We are also proud to host the Canadian Journal of Communication under the editorship of Professor Michael Dorland.
Every year we invite a distinguished colleague to join us for one to two semesters. The Visiting Professor of Communication and Media Studies is a scholar of international reputation, and they make a significant contribution to the School’s intellectual culture during their time in Ottawa. They conduct research, teach a graduate course in their area of expertise, and give a public lecture.
Left: 2015–16 Visiting Professor Simten Cosar (Hacettepe University)
Every year, we invite some of the brightest minds in communication and media studies to share their research and perspectives with the Carleton University community.
The annual Attallah Lecture has covered everything from sexism and racism in online games to the rise of the hacker-whistleblower group Anonymous. The event has become an integral part of the Communication and Media Studies program in The School of Journalism and Communication and continues to stimulate important discussions on some of the biggest issues in communication and media studies today.
Carleton’s Communication Graduate Caucus (CGC) is one of the longest running Graduate Conferences in Canada. An important part of the intellectual life of the department, the annual conference showcases the work of Carleton’s graduate students as well as students from across the country. The student-directed initiative attracts an inspired group of panelists, moderators and volunteers every year.
This year, the conference will focus on the theme of “Imagined Realities” in which the research and discourse will explore a broad range of topics from identity formation and the self, to tensions between the natural environment and emerging technologies.
This year’s conference will take place at Richcraft Hall on the Carleton campus from March 16-17, 2017.
Knezevic publishes a co-edited volume titled ‘Nourishing Communities’
Carleton University Professor Irena Knezevic has just co-edited a new book titled Nourishing Communities: From Fractured Food Systems to Transformative Pathways with Alison Blay-Palmer, Charles Z. Levkoe, Phil Mount and... More
Lim on activism, laughter, and hate in social media
Merlyna Lim, Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society, delivered a plenary talk at the annual conference of the International Association of Media and Communication Research in... More
PhD candidate Emily Hiltz presents at Paris conference
Emily Hiltz, a doctoral candidate in Communication, recently presented a paper titled “The Visual Construction of Criminal Notoriety: Discourse Analysis as an Historical Critique of Violent Women’s Notoriety” at the... More
Rainford, Greenberg publish on Zika virus risk
When the government of El Salvador recently advised women to avoid getting pregnant until 2018, it set off a tsunami of international media reporting and a firestorm of fear and... More
Carleton students and faculty to present papers
Three members of the Communications Program are attending the biennial conference of the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies, Disruptions, at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, in Waterloo, January 14-17,... More
Bivens publishes article on coding gender and Facebook
Rena Bivens publishes an article called The gender binary will not be deprogrammed: Ten years of coding gender on Facebook in New Media & Society.
Woo wins SSHRC Insight Grant to study history of comic books
History is written by the victors, and the history of cultural industries is typically written from the perspective of the best and most influential examples of the form. But what... More
Knezevic releases report on On-site Food Production
Irena Knezevic has released a new report through her Project SOIL collaboration with Dr. Phil Mount (Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems). Ontario Public Institutions and On-site Food Production: Current... More
Greenberg to lead study of media and vaccines
School director Josh Greenberg has won a grant from the Canadian Immunization Research Network (CIRN) to examine media narratives of infectious disease outbreaks and the social construction of vaccine hesitancy... More
Survey Centre to conduct study: Canadian Media and International Development
The Carleton University Survey Centre, based in the School of Journalism and Communication, is coordinating a comprehensive analysis of Canadian media coverage of international development. Led by School director Josh... More
Hamilton explores senses and the law
Sheryl Hamilton is a co-investigator on a recently funded SSHRC project, entitled, "Law and the Regulation of the Senses: Explorations in Sensori-Legal Studies." Hamilton will first explore the ways in which... More