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Jeremy Shtern, PhD

Jeremy Shtern is the director of the GCGL, graduate program director of the York/Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture, and associate professor and a founding faculty member in the School of Creative Industries at Ryerson University.

Among other contributions, he is co-author of two books: Media Divides: Communication Rights and the Right to Communicate in Canada and Digital Solidarities: Communication Policy and Multi-stakeholder Global Governance The Legacy of the World Summit on the Information Society. 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 and a Keynote at a 2014 International Conference hosted by the Centre for Culture, Media and Governance 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 and FRQSC funded PhD and post-docs, Dr. Shtern’s research program has been supported with more than $250 000 in external research funding.

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 (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.

More details on Dr. Shtern’s research and teaching interests and contributions can be found here.

Steph Hill

Steph Hill is a PhD candidate in the York/Ryerson Joint Program in Communication and Culture. Her research interests include commercial communication and the public interest, as well as civic engagement and online media systems. Her master’s research investigated how private companies involve themselves in debates over controversial legislation. Prior to arriving at Ryerson, she worked in book publishing in Vancouver and taught English in Vietnam. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Princeton University in 2010 and her Master’s from York and Ryerson in Communication and Culture in 2017.

Olivia Dziwak

Olivia is a recent graduate of the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture at Ryerson University and York University, at the Masters level. She is a research assistant at the Global Communication Governance Lab, supporting research on global governance reactions to Facebook post-Cambridge Analytica scandal. Her research interests also include the datafication of civic participation and the impacts of that process on citizenship. Her previous research has focused on piracy culture and the communities of practice surrounding dissemination of copyrighted content online.