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Our program was created in recognition of the complementary strengths of the two universities. By working together, we can position the program at the forefront of theoretical and applied interdisciplinary scholarship and professional practice. Talented, creative and motivated people are at the heart of this program.

Program Directors

Program Administration

Moira Scott
Graduate Program Secretary (York)
Department of Communication Studies
Phone: 416-736-2100 ext.55978

Rhonda Doucette
Graduate Program Assistant (York)
Department of Communication Studies
Phone: 416-736-2100 ext. 22915

Graduate Students

Ryerson-based MA students

Alison Aird
Dilan Arslan
Scott Baird
Kathleen Ballantyne
Nene Brode
Anthony Burton
Alexander Burton
Danielle Collado
Francesco Collura
Max Cotter
Calla Evans
Nicholas Fazio
Pablo Godoy
Priyana Govindarajah
Meera Govindasamy

Brooke Harrison
Laura Heidenheim
Jade Hines
Kevin Hudes
Rebecca Hume
Meng Jian
Dayo Kefentse
Jordan Kroschinsky
Siena Maxwell
Niki Mohrdar
Caitlin Neve
Soeun Outh
Bailey Parnell
Nicole Payette
Sahar Raza

Cody Rooney
Brigid Savage
Ruth-Anne Seburn
Travis Sidak
Erni Suparti
Bianca Tomori
Olivia Trono
Jana Vigor
Ana Vydelingum
Katie Walsh
Hannah Warkentin
Katherine Womby
Nicholas Wong
Lucy Wowk

Ryerson-based PhD students

Leo Amado Godoy
Gabriele Aroni
Andrew Bateman
Noor Bhangu
Daniel Browne
Nathaniel Brunt
Alexander Carter
Erika Chung
Myriam Couturier
Lauren Cullen
Melody Devries
Emma Dunn
Lauren Dwyer

Craig Fahner
Susan Flavelle
Donna Gall
Charlene Heath
Steph Hill
Sam Hogg
Safiyya Hosein
Chris Hugelmann
Nataleah Hunter-Young
Emilie-Andrée Jabouin
Lauren Kirshner
Riley Kucheran
Walter Lai

Irina Lyubchenko
Jaclyn Marcus
Callie Martin
Mina Momeni
Ana Morais
Mark O'Connell
Ryan Phillips
Amanda Piche
Tanya Pobuda
Kirsten Schaefer
Emma Smith
Cyrus Sundar Singh
Peter Zakrzewski

The Communication & Culture Graduate Students' Association (ComCultGSA), external link represents all students registered in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture at York and Ryerson Universities. We exist to represent ComCult students to program faculty and administration, provide a forum to discuss issues and interests, create a meeting place for students to get know each other, and to foster participation in seminars and other activities. We also elect an executive committee and representatives to represent ComCult students on other University and Student Association organizations and committees. We encourage you to get involved with us by coming to our monthly General Meetings, which are open to all students presently registered in the program.


Developing productive relationships with your research supervisor and supervisory committee is one of the most important and rewarding aspects of being a graduate student. What follows is the current list of faculty, from both universities, who are formally affiliated with the ComCult program.

Profile Stream School Department Research Interests
Allen, Gene Technology in Practice Ryerson Journalism media history; the history of journalism; the evolution of news; news agencies; news and national identity; the popularization of history in film and television
Arat-Koc, Sedef Politics & Policy Ryerson Politics & Public Administration immigration policy and citizenship, especially as they affect immigrant women; transnational feminism; politics of imperialism; racialization and the politics of racism; and reconfiguration of social and political identities under neoliberal globalization.
Bailey, Steven C, external link Media & Culture York Humanities psychoanalysis; audiences; philosophy; aesthetics; culture
Balfour, Ian G, external link Media & Culture York English Romantic poetry and prose; contemporary theory and criticism; 18th-century literature; 18th-century philosophy (especially aesthetic theory and philosophy of language)
Barry, Ben, external link Media & Culture Ryerson Fashion fashion, women's studies, women's fashion, men's fashion, modelling, advertising, fashion advertising, marketing, fashion imagery, body image, policy, cross-cultural consumer attitudes.
Baskoy, Tuna Politics & Policy Ryerson Politics & Public Administration research methods; statistics and computer applications; comparative public policy and administration (especially competition/antitrust and telecommunication policies); theories of capitalist market competition; political economy of European integration; e-government; e-democracy
Bell, Shannon M, external link Politics & Policy, Technology in Practice York Politics extremes in art (especially bio- and hybrid-art); shooting theory (videoing-imagining philosophical concept such as Heidegger's stillness, Husserl’s epoché, Bataille's waste, Weil's attention, Deleuze's deterritorialization, Virilio's vision machine and accident)
Berland, Jody D, external link Media & Culture, Technology in Practice York Humanities cultural theory; Canadian communication theory; cultural studies of nature; science, technology and the environment; music and the media; space and place
Binder, Marni Media & Culture Ryerson Early Childhood Studies immigration and education, young children's art and literacy, art education, early literacy, holistic education, inner city education, multimodal and multiple literacies, equity, integrating the arts, pictoral representations of children, children's visual narratives, the arts and literacy, transformative literacy, picture books shaping literacy experiences.
Blake, Art Media & Culture Ryerson History North America; U.S. 20th-century cultural history; urban history; sound studies
Bociurkiw, Marusya, external link Media & Culture Ryerson RTA School of Media Canadian television; affect theory; nationalist discourses; community cable; media activism; sexuality & gender studies
Bowman, Robert M J, external link Media & Culture York Music popular music studies; history of popular music; writer, broadcaster, and performer in many musical genres
Boyd, Jason Media & Culture, Technology in Practice Ryerson English digital innovation and scholarly practice; work emerging at the intersection of the digital and the literacy; critical code studies; computer games and gaming in social, literary, and scholarly contexts; and ‘digital lives’ in its broadest sense.
Braun, Marta Technology in Practice Ryerson Image Arts history of photography; chronophotography; early cinema; technology
Bruce, Jean Media & Culture Ryerson Image Arts media and culture; film theory; melodrama; visual culture; documentary; consumer culture
Burwell, Jennifer   Ryerson English contemporary feminist science fiction; utopian writing and thought—from feminist theory to postmodern theory to critical Marxism; “bio-art”, biosemiotics
Callison, Darcey, external link Media & Culture York Dance choreography; dance dramaturgy; popular culture and dance; performance studies and gender (masculinity)
Campbell, Miranda, external link Media & Culture Ryerson Creative Industries youth culture; labour; creative industries; cultural policy; political economy; community arts; critical pedagogy; gender studies
Caruana, John Media & Culture Ryerson Philosophy phenomenology; Frankfurt School; psychoanalysis; post-structuralism; European cinema; theories of the sacred
Cauchi, Mark J., external link Media & Culture York Humanities 19th- and 20th-century continental philosophy and social theory; intersections of religious and secular thought and culture; theories of the secular and postsecular; intersections of philosophy and the arts (literature, visual art, and film).
Cecchetto, David, external link Technology in Practice York Humanities Critical Posthumanism; sound studies; new media; sound art; practice-inclusive research; critical digital humanities; contemporary critical theory
Ciavatta, David Media & Culture Ryerson Philosophy Kant and 19th-century continental philosophy (especially Hegel and Marx); phenomenology and existentialism; social and political philosophy; philosophy of action
Cody, Susan   Ryerson Professional Communication text analysis, scholarship of pedagogy, genre theory, and seventeenth-century Dutch history, society & culture, and art
Collette, Marianella   Ryerson Languages, Literatures & Cultures Latin American contemporary literature
Coombe, Rosemary J., external link Media & Culture, Politics & Policy York Anthropology; Social Science intellectual property; Indigenous peoples; cultural and biological diversity; publics; public domains and public sphere; human rights; cultural rights; postcolonial theory; theories of information; civil society; transnationalism; neoliberalism; informational capital
Coulter, Natalie H., external link Media & Culture York Communication Studies communications, children and youth, gender and communications, consumer culture, critical technology studies
Couture, Stéphane, external link Technology in Practice York Translation Values in Technological Design; Sociology of Technology; Digital Cultures and Policies; Internet Governance; Software and Code Studies
Cukier, Wendy Technology in Practice Ryerson Entrepreneurship & Strategy technology strategy and decision making; regulation and policy; vertical market applications (especially government, policing, health, education, non-profits); technology enabled learning; government relations; advocacy and social marketing and the role of IT; critical theory and IT; gender, diversity and IT
davis halifax, nancy viva, external link Media & Culture York Health Policy & Management disability, education healthcare, social exclusion, structural violence, homelessness, public and community spaces, and arts-based research.
Davis, Charles Politics & Policy, Technology in Practice Ryerson RTA School of Media IT, media, and creative industries; new firm formation, internationalization, and product and service innovation practices; innovation and industrial policy; consumer behaviour with respect to digital technologies and services; work practices and occupations in creative industries; management practices in media industries
Derkatch, Colleen Media & Culture Ryerson English rhetorical theory and criticism; rhetoric of science, medicine, and health; writing studies; genre theory; science and technology studies; critical medicine studies.
Dowler, Kevin, external link Media & Culture York Communication Studies cultural policy in Canada and Europe; art and the city; aesthetics and popular culture; history of communications
Drache, Daniel, external link Politics & Policy York Political Science the political economy of integration and social exclusion; borders and identity; North American integration; global cultural commons and microactivism; public goods theory and the theory of the public good; the thought and influence of Harold Innis, Jürgen Habermas and Hannah Arendt
Driver, Susan, external link Media & Culture York Communication Studies gender issues; women; sexuality
Dubois, Louis-Etienne, external link Media & Culture Ryerson Creative Industries collaborative and innovation processes, management practices in the creative industries, gaming and performance arts industries
Dutil, Patrice   Ryerson Politics & Public Administration political and public sector leadership, the process of political development, elections
Elder, R. Bruce Technology in Practice Ryerson Image Arts philosophy of technology; psychoanalysis and culture; modernity and its discontents; modernity and the avant-garde; the intellectual reception of the early cinema; modernist art and spirituality; the application of algorithmic process in art making; using mathematical models in art making; digital signal processing
Elmer, Greg Media & Culture, Technology in Practice Ryerson Professional Communication new media and politics; surveillance studies; software studies; collaborative media making; media globalization
Evans, Barbara, external link Technology in Practice York Cinema & Media Arts documentary; film; women; history; politics
Fels, Deborah Technology in Practice Ryerson Business Technology Mgmt inclusive design; inclusive media; accessibility; human-computer interaction; digital media; people with disabilities; inclusive gaming; design for older people
Fiola, Marco Media & Culture Ryerson Languages, Literatures & Cultures intercultural communication; language and gender; translator subjectivity
Fisher, Caitlin, external link Media & Culture, Technology in Practice York Cinema & Media Arts augmented reality; digital storytelling; hypermedia fiction and documentary; feminist theory; archives and collecting; locative media
Fisher, Jennifer, external link Media & Culture York Visual Art & Art History contemporary art; curatorial practice; display culture; the aesthetics of the non-visual senses
Fisher, Laura Media & Culture Ryerson English nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, with focus on race, gender, and urban culture, social reform institutions and the production, mediation, and reception of American literature around the turn of the twentieth century, settlement houses and working girls’ clubs across New York City
Fitzpatrick, Blake Technology in Practice Ryerson Image Arts photographic representation of the nuclear era; visual responses to contemporary militarism; disaster in contemporary landscape photography
Flicker, Sarah, external link   York Environmental Studies Adolescent Health; Community based participatory research; HIV/AIDS; Community Development.
Friedman, May Media & Culture Ryerson Social Work motherhood and mothering, networked media, transnationalism and transnational feminism, life writing, social policy, social work activism, feminist and post structural theories and practices.
Fumia, Doreen Media & Culture, Politics & Policy Ryerson Sociology sexual citizenship; queer geography and local neighbourhoods; queer identities; queer pedagogy; lesbian mothers
Gammel, Irene Media & Culture Ryerson English Modernism; modern literature and culture; avant-garde; visual culture; life writing and auto/biography; Dada and Surrealism; New York Modern; theories of urban space; ecocriticism; curating; performance art; feminist theory; gender and sexuality theory; body theory; salon culture and theory; digital archiving; World War I; trauma narratives
Gingras, Jacqui Media & Culture Ryerson Sociology nutrition communication; subjectivity and performativity; pedagogy and epistemology; autoethnography and phenomenology
Goulding, Jay, external link Media & Culture York Social Science Chinese and Japanese philosophy; hermeneutic phenomenology; comparative religion
Greyeyes, Michael, external link Media & Culture York Theatre Studies theatre, physical performance, devised theatre, practiced-based research to create live performance, exploring dance, opera, music, design and the spoken word
Gruzd, Anatoliy Technology in Practice Ryerson Information Technology Management Online Communities, Online Social Networks, Social Media Data Stewardship, Social Networks Analysis, Information Visualization and Computer-Mediated Communication
Hadj-Moussa, Ratiba, external link Media & Culture York Sociology sociology of culture; political sociology; non-Western mediascapes; secularism and Islam in the West and in Islam-majority societies; marginalized forms of protest
Hadlaw, Jan, external link Technology in Practice, Media & Culture York Design communication and media history; cultural history of telephony; the design and representation of technology; technologies and the social imaginaries of time and space; media and everyday life; advertising and consumer society; modern design and Canadian nationalism
Hayward, Mark, external link Technology in Practice, Media & Culture York Communication Studies television studies, cultural policy and technology; economics in popular culture; philosophy of technology.
Heynen, Robert J., external link Media & Culture York Communication Studies Surveillance studies; visual culture; media history (esp. photography and film); Marxist cultural theory; critical theories of race and gender; aesthetics and politics.
Hornstein, Shelley, external link Media & Culture York Visual Art & Art History architecture; place; urban culture; 19th and 20th century cultures; contemporary visual culture
Hudson, Anna, external link Media & Culture York Visual Art & Art History postcolonial art of the Americas; contemporary art of the Arctic; museology; the art market and the business of culture; sex and gender in the representation of beauty and the social order; humanism in 20th century Canadian art
Ingram, Susan, external link Media & Culture York Humanities European film; fashion; biography and autobiography; comparative literature; translation studies
Janzen Kooistra, Lorraine Media & Culture Ryerson English nineteenth- and early twentieth century British literature and culture; Victorian studies; illustrated books; visual/verbal relations; illustration; the book arts; print culture; periodical studies (Victorian and early 20th century; British); history of the book and publishing; digital humanities; textual editing; poetry; children's literature; Women's writing; Women's suffrage (British); fin-de-siecle studies (British); Pre-Raphaelite poetry and painting (British)
Jenson, Jennifer, external link Technology in Practice York Education education and educational technology; game studies
Kane, Carolyn   Ryerson Professional Communication History and philosophy of technology, digital aesthetics, visual studies, electronic media
Kellet-Betsos, Kathleen   Ryerson Languages, Literatures & Cultures Franco-Canadian minority literatures and cultures; immigrant voices in Canadian literature; feminist critical theory, narratology and literary detective fiction
Kitzmann, Andreas, external link Media & Culture York Humanities culture and technology; new media and society; digital culture; critical theory; cultural studies
Koc, Mustafa Politics & Policy Ryerson Sociology food studies; food writing; food on the web; food and films; cook books and national cuisines; ethnic and diasporic food cultures and identity; policy studies; food and agricultural policy; immigration policy; cultural studies; globalization and impacts of restructuring; global population movements and diasporas
Koleszar-Green, Ruth, external link Media & Culture York Social Work Onkwehonwe (the Mohawk word for "original people") knowledges, approaches and world views, Indigenous education and social issues that impact Indigenous communities, anti-racist education, income security reform
Lachman, Richard, external link   Ryerson RTA School of Media convergent media, digital documentary, collaborative work, and new forms of storytelling. He teaches classes in digital media, interactive art, animation, digital documentary, virtual environments, and digital culture.
Langlois, Ganaele M., external link Technology in Practice York Communication Studies Media; Culture and Cultural Studies; New Media; Philosophy of Communication; Critical Studies of Technology
Latham, Robert E., external link Politics & Policy York Politics politics of environmental knowledge and large-scale monitoring systems; security and IT; technologies of border surveillance; critical theories of sovereignty; transnational relations; migration; multiculturalism and international communication politics; human security; global governance
Lee-Loy, Anne-Marie   Ryerson English postcolonial studies; representations of minority diasporic populations in relation to the construction of cultural identities; postcolonial identities; diaspora; transnationalism; Chinese Caribbean experience; Caribbean Studies; Asians in the Americas; Yellow Peril discourse; hemispheric Asian American studies; overseas Chinese.
Lee, Seung Hwan (Mark) Media & Culture Ryerson Ted Rogers School of Retail Management Social Networks, Branding, Marketing Education, Virtual Reality, Sensory Marketing
Lessard, Bruno Media & Culture, Technology in Practice Ryerson Image Arts interactive media arts; video game studies; software studies; digital animation; data visualization; contemporary documentary; Michel Foucault; comparative philosophy (China/the West); governmentality
Levin, Laura, external link Media & Culture York Theatre Studies performance theory; contemporary North American theatre and performance art; gender and sexuality in/as performance; intermedial and online performance; practice as research; photographic theory and performance; disciplinary geneaologies in performance studies
Li, Jean   Ryerson History Ancient: Egypt; Eastern Mediterranean; Egyptian International Relations in the First Millennium BCE; Women and Gender; Mortuary Practices; Landscape Archaeology; Archaeological Theory; Material Culture
Light, Evan, external link Technology in Practice, Politics & Policy York Translation surveillance and privacy, communication and telecommunications policy and infrastructure, participatory democracy, community and independent media, social movements and institutional accountability and transparency practices.
Little, Kenneth, external link Media & Culture York Anthropology analysis of society as spectacle; visual culture; popular cultural performance in both Euro-North American and post-colonial cultures; circus and the politics and poetics of spectacle
Longfellow, Brenda, external link Media & Culture, Technology in Practice York Cinema & Media Arts feminist film theory; gender and national identity; women and cinema; film-making; women and culture, environmentalism, globalization
Maclaren, Kym Media & Culture Ryerson Philosophy phenomenology; existentialism; embodiment; Maurice Merleau-Ponty; philosophy of emotion; Feminist philosophy; intersubjectivity; animality; Martin Heidegger; Jean-Paul Sartre; philosophical psychology
MacLennan, Anne F., external link Media & Culture York Communication Studies radio; communication and media history; broadcasting; popular culture; oral history; 19th and 20th century Canadian culture and history of communication; 20th century American culture and communication; advertising; consumer society; poverty; social welfare, labour, and methodology
Marchessault, Janine, external link Media & Culture, Technology in Practice York Cinema & Media Arts cities and cinema; stereoscopic 3D cinema; future cinema architectures; feminist/post-colonial media; social media and activism; Marshall McLuhan and the Explorations Group; World Fairs; film festivals and utopias; micro-cinemas; curatorial studies; process philosophy; theories of spectatorship; phenomenology and affect; experimental cinema
Matthews-David, Alison, external link Media & Culture Ryerson Fashion history of fashion; material culture
Mazalek, Alexandra (Ali), external link Media & Culture, Technology in Practice Ryerson RTA School of Media design and application of emerging physical sensing and digital media technologies to areas such as narrative expression, abstract thinking, and scientific modeling, as well as the study and use of embodied cognition as a framework for tangible and embodied interaction design
Mazepa, Patricia, external link Politics & Policy York Communication Studies critical political economy of communication (commodification, structuration, spatialization, hegemony, ideology); Canadian media history; social movement media
McCullough, John, external link Technology in Practice York Cinema & Media Arts North American film and television; media labour and globalization; representation of spatial, class and racial relations
Middleton, Catherine Technology in Practice Ryerson Business Technology Mgmt telecommunications; policy; usage; internet; broadband; mobile; wireless; infrastructure; next generation networks; information society; digital economy
Moffatt, Ken   Ryerson Social Work Poststructuralism and practice; Cultural studies and social welfare; Reflexivity and subjectivity.; The nature of community practice in a local and global context.
Mooers, Colin Politics & Policy, Media & Culture Ryerson Politics & Public Administration political economy of capitalism; political theory; social movements; theories of citizenship; the public sphere
Moore, Paul S. Media & Culture Ryerson Sociology research methodologies; cultural and social theories; media history; historiography; history of technology; material culture; governmentality & social regulation; publics and counterpublics; regional and mass market consumption; popular screen cultures & practices; popular print cultures & practices; ephemera; collecting; the archive and nostalgia; film industries in Canada; film exhibition and screen practices; the newspaper & its supplements
Mortimer-Sandilands, Catriona, external link Media & Culture York Environmental Studies environmental cultural studies (environmental literature and criticism, history and philosophy); gender, sexuality and environments (queer theories and ecologies); political theory and public cultures
Murphy, Michael, external link Technology in Practice Ryerson RTA School of Media new media production; digital audio; emerging technologies; technology enabled learning
Muzzatti, Stephen Media & Culture Ryerson Sociology crime and media; popular culture; consumerism; social inequality; cultural criminology; globalisation; transgression; criminalisation; advertising and consumption; youth tribes; leisure pursuits and transgresssive pleasure; resistance and social control.
Naghibi, Nima Media & Culture Ryerson English postcolonial literatures and theory; autobiography studies; trauma theory; feminist studies
Neverson, Nicole Media & Culture Ryerson Sociology representation of subjectivities in the mass media; socio-cultural aspects of sport and gender; use of force technologies and policing; the social construction of 'risk' and risk narratives; alternative media perspectives of Canadian Caribbean disaspora.
Ngwenyama, Ojelanki   Ryerson Global Management social and economic impacts of ICT on developing countries; critical social science research in information systems; decision models; game theory; transaction cost economics
Nolan, Jason Media & Culture, Technology in Practice Ryerson Early Childhood Studies children's culture; critical pedagogy; autism; privacy; autonomy; play; games; learning; adaptive design; maker-culture; sensory play
O'Malley, Andrew Media & Culture Ryerson English children's literature and culture; popular culture; historical popular culture; comics and graphic novels; eighteenth century; robinsonades
Obar, Jonathan, external link Politics & Policy York Communication Studies Communication Policy, Information Policy, Digital Media and Civil Liberties, Digital Activism, Big Data and Privacy, and Network Neutrality.
Oikawa, Mona, external link Politics & Policy York Equity Studies sociology; gender issues; critical race studies; cultural studies
Ojo, Tokunbo, external link Politics & Policy, Media & Culture York Communication Studies global media studies, development communication, journalism studies and political communication.
Osborne, Dana Media & Culture Ryerson Languages, Literature and Culture dynamics of language contact, ethnolinguistic minority language of Ilocano, linguistic impacts of movement and diaspora on speakers from the Philippines, codemixing and switching, linguistic joking and taboo, and reflexive anthropological writing
Panofsky, Ruth Media & Culture Ryerson English Canadian publishing history; Canadian authorship studies; Canadian celebrity authorship; Canadian literary culture; textual studies
Parsons, Sarah, external link Technology in Practice, Media & Culture York Visual Art & Art History historical relationship between photography, privacy, family.
Pelkey, Jamin Media & Culture Ryerson Languages, Literatures & Cultures anthropological linquistics; Tibeto-Burman linquistics; historical comparative linquistics; process semiotics and the philosophy of language; semiotics; embodied cognition; cognitive semantics; dialectolog
Persram, Nalini, external link Media & Culture York Social Science postcolonialism; empire and Western thought; subjectivity and survival; feminism; Caribbean culture and resistance (Guyana); and international political theory
Pine, Lila, external link Technology in Practice, Media & Culture Ryerson RTA School of Media storytelling and new media; media and communication
Podnieks, Elizabeth Media & Culture Ryerson English life writing; modernism; Women's studies; mothering; popular culture; celebrity culture; scholarly editing; digital humanities
Powell, Christopher Media & Culture Ryerson Sociology Social theory; Radical social change; Sociology of knowledge; Violence and identity-difference.
Pruska-Oldenhof, Izabella Technology in Practice Ryerson Image Arts history and theory of avant-garde art and cinema; cine-dance; body art; artist's body and self-portraiture; feminine aesthetics and ecriture feminin; psychodynamics of the creative process and imagination; Julia Kristeva; Maurice Merleau-Ponty; Marshall McLuhan; Sigmund Freud; Marion Milner; Donald Winnicott; Anton Ehrenzweig; phenomenology; avant-garde poetry and poetics; media poetics
Reisenleitner, Markus, external link Media & Culture York Humanities visual and textual interpretations of global cities; European urban culture; history, memory and nostalgia in popular and digital culture
Robinson, Danielle, external link Media & Culture York Dance dance ethnography; cultural studies; dance history; critical race theory; social dance reconstruction; multicultural dance education; popular dance practices; African diaspora within the Americas; Latin American dance cultures
Rocha, Cecilia   Ryerson Nutrition Assessing the social efficiency of food security initiatives and programs; The role of market failures in food insecurity; The effectiveness of markets as policy tools.
Rowland, Wade, external link Politics & Policy, Technology in Practice York Communication Studies communication; ethics; critical realism; technology
Sanders, Leslie, external link Media & Culture York Humanities African American and Black Canadian literature and culture; literatures of the African diaspora
Sapra, Rahul Media & Culture Ryerson English Renaissance literature; Shakespearean drama; literary theory; postcolonial studies; third-world cinema
Schifellite, Carmen Politics & Policy Ryerson Sociology science and technology studies; popular culture; sociology of knowledge; graduate methodologies
Schryer, Catherine Media & Culture Ryerson Professional Communication issues related to advanced literacies in the professions; genre theory; healthcare communication
Sears, Alan Media & Culture Ryerson Sociology sexuality; theory; social movements; work; education
Sengupta, Mitu Politics & Policy Ryerson Politics & Public Administration Indian market liberalization and development; labour and migration; the politics of sporting and cultural events. More recent work focuses on human rights and development; global justice; and development ethics.
Shields, John M. Politics & Policy Ryerson Politics & Public Administration Canadian political economy; labour market policy; immigrant economic integration; the welfare state; public sector restructuring; globalization; the political economy of the nonprofit sector; labour studies and industrial relations
Shiga, John   Ryerson Professional Communication communication and media in intercultural, political and scientific contexts; digital rights management, media theory and agency; copyright
Shtern, Jeremy, external link Politics & Policy Ryerson Creative Industries internet governance; media policy; communication rights; globalization and communication; political economy of social media advertising; emerging media; creative labour; and research methods.
Singer, Yvonne, external link Media & Culture York Visual Art & Art History memory; history; identity; perception; psychoanalysis
Skinner, David, external link Politics & Policy York Communication Studies political economy of communication; media and communications policy; alternative and community media; media democracy
Slopek, Ed   Ryerson Image Arts research methodologies, media analysis, social constructionist and reception theory and communications history
Smith, Dale   Ryerson English poetry and poetics, rhetoric, creative writing, and public culture
Smith, Donna   Ryerson Retail Management social media research, consumer behaviour, retailer-vendor strategic partnerships in the context of Commitment-Trust
Smith, Joyce   Ryerson Journalism Representation of religion in news media, quantitative and qualitative content analysis, reporting on Indigenous issues, online journalism, South African media, creative problem solving and design pedagogy
Snyder, Don Technology in Practice Ryerson Image Arts contemporary photography; curation; critical writing
Theophanidis, Philippe, external link Media & Culture York Communications Philosophy and epistemology of communication, critical theories and practices, politics and aesthetics
Thomas, Sophie Media & Culture Ryerson English Romanticism; literature and visual culture; nineteenth century visual technologies; history of museums and collections; ruins and fragments; cultural and aesthetic theory
Tomiak, Julie Politics & Policy, Media & Culture Ryerson Sociology urban Indigeneity, decolonization, Indigenous resistance and resurgence, Indigenous-settler relations in Canada, settler state power, policies and governmentality, settler colonialism, racialization and racism, cities and urban governance, political economy, feminisms, intersectionality, and qualitative and Indigenous research methodologies
Trifonova, Temenuga, external link Technology in Practice York Cinema & Media Arts European cinema; screenwriting; film theory; philosophy of film; film remakes and sequels; film adaptations; film criticism; contemporary American cinema; psychopathology and film; migrant and diasporic cinema; film/video production; creative writing; photography; aesthetic theory; 20th century American literature; existentialism
Tschofen, Monique Media & Culture Ryerson English English and French Canadian literature and film; postcoloniality; interarts relations; visual culture; violence in representation
Turetken, Ozgur Technology in Practice Ryerson Business Technology Mgmt applied test analytics; organizational analysis
Visano, Livy, external link Media & Culture, Politics & Policy York Equity Studies ontology, critical legal studies, social justice, human rights, youth, critical criminology and ethnographies
Vosko, Leah, external link Politics & Policy York Politics comparative labour and social policy; the political economy of work; gender and work; economic restructuring; globalization
Wahl, Kimberly, external link Media & Culture Ryerson Fashion Intersections between academic Feminism and the histories and theories of fashion; visual culture and the body; fashioning Feminism: Women, Clothing, Art and Power in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century British Culture.
Walsh Matthews, Stéphanie Media & Culture Ryerson Languages, Literatures & Cultures Language; postcolonialism; postmodernity; post-war cultural theories; semiotics; French Caribbean literature; translation; Franco-Canadian literature and culture; magical realism.
Woehrel (Fogarty), Mary, external link   York Dance popular culture, cultural sociology, music and dance scholarship, breaking and hip-hop culture
Wong, Wendy Siuyi, external link Technology in Practice York Design design culture; Chinese graphic design history; poster design
Zeller, Frauke   Ryerson Professional Communication Human-Computer Interaction/Human-Robot Interaction, digital communication, and method development for digital research analyses.
Zemans, Joyce, external link Politics & Policy York Visual Art & Art History nineteenth and twentieth century Canadian art with a special focus on the art of women; cultural policy (Canadian and comparative); arts administration
Zryd, Michael, external link Media & Culture York Cinema & Media Arts experimental / avant-garde cinema; documentary film theory; history of cinema and media studies; American populism in film and media; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Hollis Frampton; Su Friedrich; Philip Hoffman; Ruth Ozeki
Zwick, Detlev, external link Media & Culture, Politics & Policy York Schulich School of Business marketing practices in the context of the Attention Economy, strategic innovation of new marketing forms

Professors Emeriti

The following is a list of professors emeriti, the founding faculty of the graduate program in Communication and Culture. The title of Professor Emeritus is a mark of distinguished service to the university, awarded to only a few on retirement. Normally, professors emeriti do not take on new graduate students for supervision, but may be available to serve on committees, or provide informal mentorship to students and faculty.

Professor Emeritus
Stream School Department Research Interests
Barndt, Deborah Media & Culture, Technology in Practice York Environmental Studies popular education and social movements; media analysis; photographic methods for participatory research/education/action; cultural production; community development; women, globalization, and food
Blum, Alan F Media & Culture York Sociology medical humanities; culture of the city; sociology of knowledge; theorizing everyday life; the imaginary, symbolic and real registers of social life and phenomena
Feldman, Seth Technology in Practice York Cinema & Media Arts Canadian cinema, history and theory; documentary cinema and media; television studies; rhetoric of radio
Forsyth, James Scott Media & Culture York Politics film and media politics; film history; Marxist cultural and aesthetic theory; film in the third world; cultural politics and Canadian communists; Hollywood and imperialism
Fletcher, Frederick Politics & Policy York Politics political communication; social advocacy; communication and public policy; communication policy
Gillies, Donald J. Media & Culture, Politics & Policy Ryerson Image Arts The Toronto School of Communication; Marshall McLuhan; history of media and communications; history of telecommunications; the communications industry; communications policy; international communications and development; media ecology; media ecology in Gaelic culture
Mason, Jean Media & Culture, Technology in Practice Ryerson Professional Communication writing; narrative; illness narrative; pathography; culture of illness; autoethnography; health communication; science communication; hypertext; digital media; organizational communication
Tenhaaf, Petronella (Nell) Technology in Practice York Visual Art & Art History critiques of genetic engineering and biotechnology; artificial life; Max/MSP programming


Since our program launched nearly 20 years ago, our alumni have found success throughout Canada and around the world across many sectors, including: arts and culture, academia, policy advocacy, public service, journalism, marketing, advertising, consulting, arts administration, communications, media, broadcasting, video game production, publishing, photography, project management, social media, information technology, freelance writing, e-learning, editing, public relations, non-profit, community and social services, legal, education, film, and design. 

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Alumni Profiles