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 School’s diverse research highlights the wide range of areas explored in Communication and Media Studies – from mobile apps and comic books to big data and climate change.

Faculty Research Profiles

Books by Faculty

On the 40th anniversary of Communication and Media Studies at Carleton University, here’s a sample of some of the books faculty members have published over the years, covering a wide range of topics.

Faculty Research Initiatives

Align Media Lab

The ALiGN (ALternative Global Network) Media Lab is a research and public engagement lab hosted by the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. It was founded in 2016 by Merlyna Lim, Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society and a faculty member of Communication and Media Studies program. ALiGN Media Lab was established with the support from the Canada for Innovation Foundation (John R. Evans Leaders Fund) and the Ontario Research Fund.

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Canadian Media Concentration Research Project

The Canadian Media Concentration Research Project is directed by Professor Dwayne Winseck at the School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The project aims to develop a comprehensive, systematic and long-term analysis of the internet, media and telecom industries in Canada to better inform public and policy-related discussions about these issues.

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The Research on Comics, Con Events, and Transmedia Laboratory is a research group based in the School of Journalism and Communication and directed by Professor Benjamin Woo. Drawing on audience- and media industries-studies approaches, the lab explores the place of comic books and related media in contemporary culture. The RoCCET Lab is also home to the Comic Cons Research Project.

CU Food and Media Hub

CU Food and Media Hub works to advance communication scholarship that uses food as an object of analysis and subject of knowledge mobilization. It acts as a communication hub for the nascent interdisciplinary cluster of food researchers at Carleton University, and facilitates collaborations with researchers at other institutions.

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Populist Publics

Populist Publics: Memory, Populism, and Misinformation in the Canadian Social Mediascape explores how populist narratives enter and circulate in public discourse on social platforms. Over the course of this 5-year SSHRC Insight Grant (2020-2025), Dr. Sandra Robinson and Dr. Jennifer Evans, will study how harmful speech about immigration, multiculturalism, gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights are circulated by far-right groups to become normalized as legitimate discourse within the Canadian mediascape.


The Place of Sound

The Place of Sound is a radio show/podcast produced by Dr. Vincent Andrisani in the School of Journalism and Communication. Airing on CKCU, the show explores the idea of ‘place’ through the ears of students, and is part of a broader research and pedagogy project on sonic geographies.

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 Associate Professor Chris Russill.

Visiting Professors & Practitioners

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.

Past Visiting Professors & Practitioners

2019-20: Keith Denny, Director, Clinical Data Standards and Quality, Canadian Institute for Health Information

2018-19:  Petr Szczepanik, Charles University, Czech Republic

2017-18:  Christina Holtz-Bacha, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Germany

2015-16:  Simten Costar, Hacettepe University, Turkey

CGC Conference

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.

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If you would like to join us as a graduate student, visit Graduate Studies to learn more about graduate admissions. Inquiries about postdoctoral fellowships should be directed to potential supervisors; for more information, consult Carleton’s postdoctoral fellows webpage.

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