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Miranda Brady

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Supervisor
Phone:613-520-2600, ext. 8396
Building:Richcraft Hall, Room 4317
Department:School of Journalism and Communication


Fall 2021 Office Hours: (In person and virtual) Wednesdays, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM and by appointment. Contact me for details on virtual meetings.

Miranda J. Brady is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication. She holds a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in Mass Communication with a minor in Social Thought. Dr. Brady is a settler who lives on unceded, unsurrendered Algonquin territory. Her work takes a critical/cultural approach and explores the construction of identity in the media and other cultural institutions.

Research Areas

  • Motherhood and Reproductive Labour
  • Critical Autism Studies
  • Indigenous Studies

Current Projects

Dr. Brady’s current research, colloquially called The Bad Mothers Project, investigates the changing expectations of gender roles in relation to motherhood and reproductive labour. Dr. Brady’s recent work in this area has examined the relationship between Millennials and their moms, anti-vaxx moms, and horror films coming out of second wave feminism.

Dr. Brady’s second line of inquiry examines the intersections of autism, media, and communication. She explores cultural sites that shape perceptions of autism and looks to shifting definitions to understand autism as a culturally and historically contingent phenomenon that relates (sometimes tangentially) to lived experiences. Her work is rooted in a community-based social model and first-hand knowledge. She is co-editing a special issue on Autism_Media_Social Justice for the journal Studies in Social Justice. She is also working with autistic community advocates and academics on the grant funded Bridging the Silos: Autistics and Menopause project, which will compare the experiences of autistic participants in Canada and the UK and offer recommendations for making knowledge about menopause more accessible to autistic people.

Selected Publications


Brady, Miranda J. & Kelly, John M.H. (2017). We Interrupt This Program: Indigenous Media Tactics in Canadian Culture. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

Brady, Miranda J. (Forthcoming). “I think the men are behind it”: Reproductive Labour and the Horror of Second Wave Feminism. Feminist Media Studies.

Brady, Miranda J. (Forthcoming). Onstage and Behind the Scenes: Autistic Performance and Advocacy. Studies in Social Justice.

Brady, Miranda J. and Cardin, Melodie. (2021). Your Typical Atypical Family: Streaming Apolitical Autism on Netflix. Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 42, 96-116.

Brady, Miranda J. (2020). Media Activism in the Red Power Movement. In Lori Kido Lopez (Ed.). Race and Media: Critical Approaches, 230-240. New York: NYU Press.

Brady, Miranda J. and Hiltz, Emily. (2017). The Archaeology of an Image: The Persistent Persuasion of Thomas Moore Keesick’s Residential School Photographs. Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 37: 61-85.

Aronczyk, Melissa and Brady, Miranda J. (2015). Branding History at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Canadian Journal of Communication, 40(2): 165-184.

Monani, Salma and Brady, Miranda J. (2013). ImagineNATIVE 2012: Ecocinema and the Indigenous Film Festival. ReconstructionStudies in Contemporary Culture, 13(4): 1-26:

Brady, Miranda J. (2013). Media Practices and Painful Pasts: The Public Testimonial in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Media International Australia, 149: 128-138.

Brady, Miranda J. (2013). The Flexible Heterotopia: Indian Residential Schools and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 19(4): 408-420.

Brady, Miranda J. (2013). Canadian (Re)Presentation: Media, First Peoples, and Liveness in the Museum. In A. Valdivia (Ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies V. 3. Content and Representation, 484-504. Blackwell.

Brady, Miranda J. & Antoine, D. (2012). Decolonize Wall Street! Situating Indigenous Critiques of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. American Communication Journal, 14(3): 1-10.

Monani, Salma and Brady, Miranda J. (2012). Wind Power! Marketing Renewable Energy on Tribal Lands and the Struggle for Just Sustainability. Local Environment, 12(2): 147-166.

Brady, Miranda J. (2012). Stories of Great Indians by Elmo Scott Watson: Syndication, Standardization, and the Noble Savage in Feature Writing. In M.G. Carstarphen and J. Sanchez (Eds.) American Indians and the Mass Media. Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 18-32.

Brady, Miranda J. (2011). Subjectivity through Self-Education: Media and the Multicultural Citizen at the National Museum of the American Indian. Television and New Media, 12(5): 441-459.

Brady, Miranda J. (2011). Mediating Indigenous Voice in the Museum: Narratives of Place, Land, and Environment in New Exhibition Practice. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 5(2): 202-220.

Tsay, Mina and Brady, Miranda J. (2010). A Case Study of Cooperative Learning and Communication Pedagogy: Does working in teams make a difference? Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 10(2): 78-89.

Brady, Miranda J. (2009). The Well-Tempered Spy: Family, Nation, and the Female Secret Agent in Alias. In J. Packer (Ed.) Secret Agents: Popular Icons Beyond James Bond. New York: Peter Lang, 111-134.

Brady, Miranda J. (2009). A Dialogic Response to the Problematized Past: The National Museum of the American Indian.  In S. Sleeper-Smith (Ed.) Contesting Knowledge: Museums and Indigenous Perspectives. University of Nebraska Press, 133-155.

Non-Peer Reviewed Work

Brady, Miranda J. (2019). Millennial Angst and the Bad Mother from the News to Netflix. FlowTV online: