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Miranda Brady

Associate Professor
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 the School of Journalism and Communication and cross-appointed with the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. She holds a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in Mass Communication with a minor in Social Thought.

Research Areas

  •     Race, Gender, and Disability in Media
  •     Indigenous Identity Constructs and Cultural Institutions
  •     Critical Autism Studies

Miranda J. Brady’s work takes a critical/cultural approach and explores the construction of identity in the media and other cultural institutions. Her work over the last several years has focused on Indigenous identity and media, and her more recent research is situated in Critical Autism Studies. Dr. Brady is a settler who lives on unceded, unsurrendered Algonquin territory and has direct experience with autism in her family.

Current Projects

Dr. Brady’s current research explores the intersections of autism and the entertainment industry. She explores cultural sites that shape perceptions of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to shows on Netflix and Broadway plays. She looks to shifting definitions of ASD to understand it as a culturally and historically contingent phenomenon that relates (sometimes tangentially) to lived experiences. Her project explores the ways in which various players, economic interests, cultural form, institutions, and identity politics shape cultural mediations of ASD.

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.

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

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. (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 Culture5(2): 202-220.

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.

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: