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Kirsten Kozolanka

Professor Emerita
Department:School of Journalism and Communication


Non-Academic Experience

Assistant press secretary/special assistant to a leader of a political party on Parliament Hill

Communications advisor to a cabinet minister (Culture and Communication) at Queen’s Park

Communications manager of a public opinion research program and senior communications assistant in a strategic communications management unit for a federal government department

Co-edited a human rights magazine, edited a student newspaper, did freelance writing, and produced communications materials for NGOs, unions and activist groups

Selected Publications


Media Literacy for Citizenship: A Canadian Perspective. With Paul Orlowski, co-author. Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2018.

Publicity and the Canadian State: Critical Communication Perspectives. Editor. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Alternative Media in Canada. With Patricia Mazepa and David Skinner, editors. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, 2012.

The Power of Persuasion: The Politics of the New Right in Ontario. Author. Montreal: Black Rose Press, 2007.


“More Communication, Less Debate: ‘Photo-Op Democracy’ and Changes to Legislative and Parliamentary Norms as a Communication Strategy.” Canadian Journal of Political Science. With Honor Brabazon, 2017.

“Activist Archiving of Alternative Media in Canada: The Tip of a Fast-melting Iceberg.”  Journal of Alternative and Community Media. With Michael Lithgow, 2017.

“The March to Militarism in Canada: Domesticating the Global Enemy in the Post-9/11, Neo-liberal Nation,” Global Media Journal, Canadian Edition, Spring 2015.

“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.

“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.

Guest editor, Our Schools/Our Selves. Issue theme: Media Education and Educating the Media, Fall 2007 (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives).