Prior to coming to Carleton, Kirsten Kozolanka worked in political offices as a special assistant for media for a federal party leader and a communication advisor for an Ontario cabinet minister, and in government in a strategic communication unit and as a public environment manager.
She also brings to her work at Carleton four university degrees and a college diploma. One master’s degree and the diploma are in Journalism and her PhD is in Communication.
Her research focuses on the emergence of a publicity state in Canada, the role of alternative media in society, and critical media literacy. She teaches in both the communication and journalism programs.
She is also a Faculty Associate at the Institute of European and Russian Studies (EURUS) and a member of the Board of Directors at the Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Education (CIRCLE).
In the deep past, she co-edited a human rights magazine, edited a student newspaper, did freelance writing, and produced communications materials for NGOs, unions and activist groups.
Publicity and the Canadian State: Critical Communication Perspectives, Kirsten Kozolanka, ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
Alternative Media in Canada. Kirsten Kozolanka, Patricia Mazepa & David Skinner, eds. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, 2012.
The Power of Persuasion: The Politics of the New Right in Ontario. Montreal: Black Rose Press, 2007. http://www.blackrosebooks.net/
Chapters and journal articles
“The March to Militarism in Canada: Domesticating the Global Enemy in the Post-9/11, Neo-liberal Nation,” Global Media Journal – Canadian Edition, 8:1, 31-51, 2015. http://www.gmj.uottawa.ca/1501/v8i1_kozolanka.pdf
“In Whose Interest? Government Communication and Public Accountability” in Publicity and the Canadian State: Critical Communication Perspectives, Kirsten Kozolanka, ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
“Communicating Strategically in Government” in Handbook of Strategic Communication. Ansgar Zerfass and Derina Holtzhausen, eds. London and New York: Routledge. 2013.
“’Buyer’ Beware: Pushing the Boundaries of Marketing Communications in Government” in Political Marketing in Canada, Alex Marland, Thierry Giasson & Jennifer Lees-Marshment, eds. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2012.
“Public Service Educational Broadcasting in Canada: Between the Market and the Alternative Margins” in Alternative Media in Canada. Kirsten Kozolanka, Patricia Mazepa & David Skinner, eds. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, 2012.
“Unworthy Citizens, Poverty and the Media: A Case Study in Marginalized Voices, Alternative Media and Oppositional Communication” in Studies in Political Economy, 2011. 86:55-82.
“Communication by Stealth: The New Common Sense in Government Communication” in How Ottawa Spends 2009-2010: Economic Upheaval and Political Dysfunction, Allan Maslove, ed. Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009.
“The Politics of Media Literacy and the Struggle for Democratic Citizenship and Media: Lessons from Ontario, Canada” in Information and Media Literacy: Criticism, History and Policy, Marcus Leaning, ed. Santa Rosa, CA: Informing Science Press, 2009.
Guest editor, Our Schools/Our Selves. Issue theme: Media Education and Educating the Media, Fall 2007 http://www.policyalternatives.ca/a5671525/
Board of Directors, Canadian Communication Association, 2011-
Co-organizer, Media Democracy Days, 2013, University of Ottawa
Founder and director, Canadian Alternative Media Archive (project in development) (Carleton Institutional Grant, 2009; SSHRC Insight Development grant, 2011)
Co-chair, Canadian Communication Association annual conference, Congress 09, Carleton University, 2009
Member, Advisory Board, Our Schools/Our Selves (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives), 1998 –
Selected Courses Taught
- JOUR 2205: Journalism and Public Institutions
- COMM 2301: Persuasion and Public Life
- COMM 3409: Alternative Media
- COMM 4307: Political Communication and the Publicity State
- JOUR 5500: Journalism and Society 2