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Dr. Jeremy Shtern

Dr. Jeremy Shtern

Associate Professor
DepartmentCreative Industries
Memberships/ServicesFull member of Ryerson's Yeates School of Graduate Studies and thereby authorized to evaluate and supervise graduate student projects and theses.
OfficeRCC 309
Phone +1-416-979-5000 ex. 3301

Ryerson Graduate Program Director: The York/Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture

Director: The Global Communication Governance Lab, external link

Working Languages: English, Français

Biographical Statement

Jeremy Shtern is associate professor and a founding faculty member in the School of Creative Industries at Ryerson University. Dr. Shtern’s research and teaching focuses on transformations in the structure and governance of communication industries and creative work as they reorganize around globalization and digital technologies.

Among other contributions, he is co-author of two books: Media Divides: Communication Rights and the Right to Communicate in Canada, external link and Digital Solidarities: Communication Policy and Multi-stakeholder Global Governance The Legacy of the World Summit on the Information Society, external link. He is also author or co-author on a dozen journal articles and book chapters and has made more than 30 paper presentations at scholarly conferences. Dr. Shtern's list of invited guest lectures includes visits to the Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, external link and a Keynote at a 2014 International Conference hosted by the Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, external link at JMI in New Delhi, India.  Professor Shtern is an innovative and entrepreneurial researcher whose research adds value to Ryerson and provides opportunities for its students. Since completing his SSHRC, external link and FRQSC, external link funded PhD and post-docs, Dr. Shtern’s research program has been supported with more than $250 000 in external research funding.

Dr. Shtern founded and directs the Global Communication Governance Research Lab at Ryerson and is also the founding editor of Canadian Journal of Communication’s Policy Portal; a project that aims to innovate the academic publishing model and increase the impact of Canadian communications research by providing a venue for publishing peer-reviewed, quickly published writing on Canadian communication policy issues.  Jeremy has served as the co-chair of the communication policy task force of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) since 2011 and just completed a term on the executive board of the Canadian Communication Association, external link (CCA) in the summer of 2015. Dr. Shtern has served on review juries for SSHRC, FRQSC, the Open Society Foundation and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and has peer-reviewed for leading journals and publishers. He teaches undergraduate courses in the Ryerson School of Creative Industries and regularly teaches and supervises in the York/Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture

Research Interests

Communication policy

Creative work

Communication rights

Digital technologies

Social media advertising

Right to communicate

Globalization & communication

Internet governance

Regulation and political economy of Canadian media and creative industries

Education Degree
Université de Montréal, Communication, external link, (Montréal, CA), 2010 PhD
Visiting Graduate Researcher, Centre de recherches politiques (CEVIPOF), external link, CNRS/Sciences Po, (Paris, FR), 2003  
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Media@LSE, external link; in New Media, Information & Society, (London, UK), 2002 MSc
Queen’s University, Film Studies, external link, (Kingston, CA), 2001 BA(hons.)
Course Taught
CRI 100 Creative Industries Overview 
CC 8849 Special Topics in Politics and Policy: Social Media Advertising
CRI 200 Intellectual Property in the Digital Age 
CC8902 Graduate Research Methods Workshop
CRI 560 Topics in Creative Industries- Social media advertising: Data targeted innovation and the future of media

*Earned Media Influence: Understanding the Affect Economy of Bloggers’ Relations with the New Advertising Industry (Funded by the Canadian Media Research Consortium, 2014-2016): Examines the economy, work and impact of professional social media influence.

*The Interactor Commodity: Social Media, User Generated Content, Audiences and Advertising (Funded by SSHRC, 2011-2014): Examines the relationships between internet users, social media platforms and the advertising industry.

*Networks of Exclusion: The Mediation of Cultural Diversity in Ontario's Screen Media Production Industry (Funded by SSHRC, 2011-2014, Charles Davis is Principal Investigator): Asks who gets to tell which stories in the Candian media and why?

*How Effective is Targeted Internet Strategic Communication? Developing a Method for Auditing User Engagement with Social Media Advertising Using Eye-Tracking Technology (Funded by Ryerson Faculty of Communication and Design, 2014-2015) Examines the extent to which individual social media users interact with commercial messages.


Raboy, M. & Shtern, J. (2010). Media Divides: Communication Rights and the Right to Communicate in Canada, external link. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Raboy, M.; Landry, N. & Shtern, J. (2010). Digital Solidarities, Communication Policy and Multi-Stakeholder Global Governance: The Legacy of the World Summit on the Information Society, external link. New York: Peter Lang.

-Book Chapters & Journal Articles-

Shtern, J. & Blake, S. (2014). “Power and Politics at the CRTC: The Recent Past and Uncertain Future of Canada’s Communications Regulator”. In: L. Shade (eds.) MediaScapes IV. Toronto: Pearson Education. pp. 84-106.

Davis, C.; Shtern, J.; Coutanche, M. & Godo, E. (2014). “Screenwriters in Toronto: Centre, Periphery, and Exclusionary Networks in Canadian Screen Storytelling”. In: J. Grant (eds.) Seeking Talent for Creative Cities: The Social Dynamics of Innovation. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. pp. 77-98.

Shtern, J.; Paré, D.; Ross, P. & Dick, M. (2013). “Historiographic Innovation: How the Past Explains the Future of Social Media Services”. In A. Krumsvik and T. Storsul (eds.) Media Innovations: A Multidisciplinary Study of Change. Gothenburg: Nordicom. pp. 239-254.

Shtern, J. (2012). “Beyond Policy Analysis: Methods for Qualitative Investigation”. in I. Wagman & P. Urquhart (eds.) Cultural Making Sense of Canadian Media in the Digital Age. Toronto: James Lorimer and Company. pp. 166-182.

Abramson, B.D.; Shtern, J.; & Taylor, G. (2008). “ ‘More and Better’ Research? Critical Communication Studies and the Problem of Policy Relevance”. The Canadian Journal of Communication 33(2). pp. 303-317.

Shtern, J. (2006). “Keeping the Gates to the Parliament of (Digital) Things: Free/Open Source Software, Public Policy, Citizenship and Technology”. The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge & Society 2(3). pp. 173-179.

-Edited Volumes-

Ross, P. & Shtern, J. (eds.) (2014). TEM 2013: Conference Proceedings of the 2nd Meeting of the Canadian Communication Association’s Technology and Emerging Media Track, external link. Edited, peer-reviewed online conference proceedings.

-Research Reports-

Davis, C.; Shtern, J. & DeSilva, P. (2012). “PDF fileRoundtable on Cultural Diversity in the Toronto Screen Media Production Industry: Report and Action Plan”. Knowledge mobilization report.