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
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.
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.
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.
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
Tracey Lauriault heads to Montreal for Colloque international – Le chiffre et la carte
Prof. Lauriault has been invited to participate in the Colloque International Le Chiffre et La Carte in Montreal this week. The Colloque brings together senior and junior scholars who examine... More
Tracey Lauriault facilitates inaugural Building Canada 2020 workshop in Ottawa
Prof. Lauriault was invited to facilitate the inaugural Building Canada 2020 Workshop in Ottawa. Statistics Canada in collaboration with the Humanitarian Open Street Map Team Summit (HOT Summit) that was... More
Greenberg publishes major report for National Academies of Science
School Director Josh Greenberg has just published a major report for the Transportation Research Board, part of the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. The study is co-authored... More
Tracey Lauriault to give webinar on Open Smart Cities in Canada project
Prof. Lauriault in collaboration with Open North will present findings thus far from the Open Smart Cities in Canada project. This Project’s research consists of a preliminary environmental-scan (E-scan) and gap analysis... More
Liam Cole Young publishes new book: List Cultures
School of Journalism and Communication faculty member Liam Cole Young’s book List Cultures: Knowledge and Poetics from Mesopotamia to BuzzFeed was published by Amsterdam University Press on May 22, 2017.... More
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
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