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Zoë Druick

Zoë Druick is a Professor in the School of Communication. Her primary areas of teaching and research are media studies, gender studies and cultural theory. Her research considers histories, theories and trajectories of documentary and reality-based media with an emphasis on their intersection with biopolitical projects. Her most recent books are The Grierson Effect: Tracing Documentary's International Movement (BFI 2014, with Deane Williams) and Cinephemera: Archives, Ephemeral Cinema and New Screen Histories in Canada (McGill-Queen's University Press 2014, with Gerda Cammaer). Other publications include Allan King's A Married Couple (UTP 2010), Programming Reality: Perspectives on English-Canadian Television (WLU Press, 2008) and Projecting Canada: Government Policy and Documentary Film at the National Film Board (McGill-Queen's, 2007). Her articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including Camera Obscura, Screen, Canadian Journal of Communication, International Journal of Communication, and the Canadian Journal of Film Studies. She has co-edited special issues of the Canadian Journal of Communication and the European Journal of Cultural Studies. Zoë leads the Distributed Networks project on the history of educational television in Canada and is currently working on a monograph on documentary and cybernetics.


  • Ph.D. Graduate Program of Social and Political Thought, York University, Canada

Currently Teaching


Future courses may be subject to change.

Zoë Teaches

  • CMNS 210 Media History
  • CMNS 316 Documentary Media
  • CMNS 800 Contemporary Approaches to Communication
  • CMNS 830 Popular Culture and Media Theory


The Grierson Effect : Tracing Documentary's International Movement

This landmark collection of essays considers the global legacy of John Grierson, the father of British documentary.

Cinephemera: Archives, Ephemeral Cinema, and New Screen Histories in Canada

An investigation of the challenges faced by Canadian cinema in the digital age.

Allan King's A Married Couple

Zoë Druick examines the film in the context of late 1960s cinematic and cultural movements.

Long before 'Reality TV,' Canadian filmmaker Allan King caused a stir by mixing people's private and public lives in his 1969 documentary A Married Couple.

Programming Reality: Perspectives on English-Canadian Television

The first anthology dedicated to analyses of Canadian television content, is a collection of original, interdisciplinary articles, combining textual analysis and political economy of communications.

Projecting Canada: Government Policy and Documentary Film at the National Film Board

A revealing look at the role of government policy on the ideology of NFB documentaries.

Selected Book Chapters & Journal Articles


  • documentary and educational media
  • media institutions and infrastructures
  • feminist media studies
  • cultural theory