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.
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.
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 can traditional knowledge benefit communities?
Miranda Brady and the Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Education are working with Akwesasne Mohawk Nation's Native North American Travelling College to evaluate cultural education programs.
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.
Merlyna Lim | Online Collective Action: Dynamics of the Crowd in Social Media
This work addresses the gap in the current collective action literature exposed by the new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) landscape by bringing together qualitative and quantitative studies from computational... More
Merlyna Lim | Islamic Radicalism and Anti-Americanism in Indonesia: The Role of the Internet
This study uses Indonesia as a local site for examining how the technology and nature of the Internet interact with political and cultural struggles. It also shows how the creation... More
Sarah Smith | General Idea: Life and World
We wanted to be famous, glamourous and rich....” General Idea (active 1969–1994) came to embody and employ this maxim in their art. Like many of the group’s works, this statement... More
Rena Bivens | Digital Currents: How Technology and the Public are Shaping TV News
Social media has irrevocably changed how people consume the news. With the distinction between professional and citizen journalists blurring like never before, Digital Currents illuminates the behind-the-scenes efforts of television... More
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.
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.
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.
Celebrating 10 years of the Attallah Lecture
As the Communications and Media Studies program at Carleton University celebrates its 40th anniversary, last week’s annual Attallah Lecture celebrated a milestone of its own, marking its tenth year of... More
Bivens reflects on survivorhood and sexual violence
Prof. Rena Bivens has published an article in the latest issue of No More Potlucks, a Canadian online journal of arts and culture. Drawing on personal and professional experiences, Prof.... More
Wagman publishes new book chapter on Netflix in Canada
Prof. Ira Wagman has published a book chapter about Netflix in Canada for a new edited volume entitled Reconceptualizing Film Policies. The chapter is called “Talking to Netflix with a... More
Brady and Kelly book featured in The Tyee
A new book co-authored by School of Journalism & Communication faculty Miranda Brady and John M.H. Kelly is drawing attention across the country. Prof. Brady (Communication and Media Studies) and... More
Graduate students win three major external awards
Three graduate students in the Communication and Media Studies program have recently been named recipients of some highly competitive externally-funded donor awards at Carleton. In December, Liane Chiblow, Gabriela Capurro,... More
PhD candidate wins best paper award at International Studies Association convention
Stanislav Budnitsky, PhD Candidate in Communication, received the International Communication Best Paper Award at the 2017 International Studies Association (ISA) annual convention in Baltimore for his research paper, “Digital Nationalism: Post-Soviet... More
NNATC preservation project receives SSHRC funding
An Indigenous historical preservation project co-led by Miranda Brady, associate professor in Communication and Media Studies and co-director of the Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language, and Education (CIRCLE), has... More
Communication faculty win over $400K in SSHRC funding
Four faculty members in the Communication and Media Studies program received substantial research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) this week. On Nov. 15,... More
Miranda Brady and John Kelly publish book on Indigenous media tactics
In their new book, We Interrupt this Program: Indigenous Media Tactics in Canadian Culture, Miranda J. Brady and John M. H. Kelly explore the creative use of media by Indigenous... More
Dr. Marsha Vanderford shares stories from the frontlines of health risk communication
The Communication and Media Studies program was proud to host international risk communication expert Dr. Marsha Vanderford as a ‘practitioner-in-residence’ from Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2017. Dr. Vanderford helped... More
Lauriault publishes two co-edited books
Tracey P. Lauriault has published two co-edited books this year. Understanding Spatial Media published by Sage with Professors Rob Kitchin of Maynooth University in Ireland, and Matthew Wilson, University of... More
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