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Miranda Brady

Associate Professor in Communication Studies and Co-director of the Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language, and Education (CIRCLE)
Phone:613-520-2600, ext. 8396
Building:Richcraft Hall, Room 4106A
Department:School of Journalism and Communication


Miranda J. Brady is an associate professor in Communication Studies and a Co-director of the Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language, and Education (CIRCLE). She holds a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in Mass Communication with a minor in Social Thought.

Areas of Expertise

  •       Race and Ethnicity in the Media
  •       Indigenous Identity and Cultural Institutions
  •       Indigenous Exhibition and Museums
  •       Place-Based Media

Miranda Brady’s work takes a critical/cultural approach and explores the construction of identity in the media and other highly mediated cultural institutions like museums. In particular, her focus is on race and ethnicity with an emphasis on Indigenous identity.

Current Projects

Dr. Brady’s current research projects explore Indigenous activism and media in the 1970s and 1980s. She is also working with the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation’s Native North American Travelling College on projects related to mobilizing traditional knowledge for community well-being. Finally, Brady is active in CIRCLE’s many activities on campus, including an annual student conference on Indigenous and indigenist research (usually in March).

Selected Publications


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

Articles in Refereed Journals

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

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.

Monani, Salma & Brady, Miranda J. (2013). ImagineNATIVE 2012: Ecocinema and the Indigenous Film Festival. Reconstruction: Studies 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. & Antoine, D. (2012). Decolonize Wall Street! Situating Indigenous Critiques of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. American Communication Journal, 14(3): 1-10.

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

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 & 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): pp. 78-89.

Brady, Miranda J. (2008). Governmentality and the National Museum of the American  Indian: Understanding the Indigenous Museum in a Settler Society. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 14(6): 763-773.

Chapters in Edited Books

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

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 & J. Sanchez (Eds.), American Indians and the Mass Media. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, pgs. 18-32. 

Brady, Miranda J. (2009). The Well-Tempered Spy: Family, Nation, and the Female Secret Agent  in Alias. In J.S. Packer (Ed.), Secret Agents: Popular Icons Beyond James Bond. New York: Peter Lang, pgs. 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. Lincoln:             University of Nebraska Press, pgs. 133-155. 

Non-refereed Scholarly Publications 

Brady, Miranda J. (7 November 2017). On Incommunicability and Autism. National Communication Association Critical Commentary Section

Brady, Miranda J. (2016). Gender and State Violence: Films that do justice to the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People in Canada. Feminist Media Studies, 16(5): 918-922:

Aronczyk, M. & Brady, M.J. (2012) Crowdsourcing as Consultation: Branding History at Canada’s Museum of Civilization, Parts I & II. Antenna: