Faculty Profiles

Faculty members in The School of Communication at SFU work on a range of global communications issues, and are well equipped to mentor students working on different themes, regions and cultures.  This list highlights our globally-oriented research, and our international competencies.  

Daniel Ahadi

The communication infrastructure of migrant populations; Discourses of nationalism; Ethnic media (fluent in Persian)

Ahmed Al-Rawi

International news, news flows and their biases; International media systems; News as a cultural industry (fluent in Arabic)

Ellen Balka

The global software industry and its influences on health information technology design and implementation; The role of international standard setting in influencing data standards; The impacts of international standards on knowledge production

Enda Brophy

The labour processes underlying processes of neoliberal globalization; Global communication as established by social movements; The rise of authoritarian forms of global communication. (fluent in Italian)

Karrmen Crey

Global Indigenous media and communication; Transnational Indigenous social movements, discourses, media networks, and exhibition/distribution circuits.

Sarah Ganter

Content industries in the globalized platform society, governance of global platforms,  global media policy, media policy transfers, international policy regimes, European and Latin American media systems, international organizations and media systems, citizen and academic cosmopolitanism,  sovereignty and identity politics (EU and LA), amplified governance (German, Spanish, Portuguese)


Sun Ha Hong

New media technologies as a force that reorganizes the experience of the global, including the discursive, economic, infrastructural relations that organize regions and cultures (fluent in Korean)

Christopher Jeschelnik

How to foster dialogue, addressivity and shared writing in online spaces, including in complex or diverse spaces, especially for learning and pedagogy.

Dal Yong Jing

Comparative study of globalization and deglobalization through processes of modernization, cultural imperialism, and hybridization; online gaming and the gaming industry; Korea’s New Wave (fluent in Korean)

Martin Laba

Global communication as an antidote to nativism, populism, discrimination and isolationism; communication for social change; social change communication in Africa

Fred Lesage

Design cultures of digital media, and the implications of globally embedded information infrastructure for the experience of social reality (fluent in French)

Jan Marontate

Art history, migration and memory; international art collectors; international networks of cultural heritage professionals (fluent in French)

Svitlana Matviyenko

Global cyber-warfare, digital militarism, political economy of information, social media, global infrastructure studies; Soviet and post-Soviet techno-politics. (fluent in Ukrainian and Russian)

Stuart Poyntz

Global youth cultures at the intersections of consumerism, technology, algorithmic surveillance and identity

Katherine Reilly

The use of open data and big data to create social change or address social injustice or inequality, especially among marginalized populations in the global periphery; Latin American media studies (fluent in Spanish)

Yuezhi Zhao

Transcultural political economy and global power shifts from West to East; Chinese and Asian media systems; comparative media systems  (fluent in Chinese)