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Hannah McGregor

Director & Associate Professor
Publishing
Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

Education

BHum, MA, PhD (Guelph)

Biography

Hannah McGregor’s research and teaching focus on the links between publishing and social change, from the role podcasts might play in expanding public engagement with research, to systemic barriers to access in the Canadian publishing industry.

Hannah completed her PhD at TransCanada Institute at the University of Guelph in 2013, where her research focused on contemporary white Canadian women’s representations of distant suffering. She held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta; her project, “Modern Magazines Project Canada,” was a collaborative initiative that took up the call to read magazines as a form of new media technology that, alongside radio and film, helped to shape the emergent consumer-publics of the twentieth century. 

Since 2015, Hannah has been making Witch, Please, a fortnightly podcast about the Harry Potter world with her collaborator Marcelle Kosman. She has written about podcasting and fandom for Hybrid Pedagogy, and about Harry Potter reread podcasts as digital reading communities in ParticipationsIn 2017, Hannah started a new podcast, Secret Feminist Agenda, a weekly discussion of the insidious, nefarious, insurgent, and mundane ways we enact our feminism in our daily lives. Through a collaborative SSHRC-funded project with Siobhan McMenemy, Senior Editor at  Wilfrid Laurier University Press, the podcast is being peer-reviewed at the end of each season. In 2018, Hannah also joined the SSHRC-funded SpokenWeb partnership as head of the Podcast Task Force, where she is responsible for developing The SpokenWeb Podcast, a collaborative podcast that explores the possibilities of audio-based scholarship for engaging with audio archives. In March 2020, Hannah and Siobhan were awarded a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant to continue developing their work on scholarly podcasting in the form of the Amplify Podcast Network

Since joining the Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University, Hannah has further expanded her research on Canadian literature and publishing into the contemporary state of the industry. In February 2018, she co-organized Publishing Unbound, a three-day symposium that brought together authors, activists, scholars, and publishing professionals in Canada to discuss inclusivity and accountability in the publishing industry. Her co-edited book, Refuse: CanLit in Ruins (Book*hug 2018) tackles similar topics, providing a critical and historical context to help readers understand conversations happening about CanLit presently. The Toronto Star described it as “an important collection of immediate responses to [the] fracturing” of CanLit.

Hannah has experience teaching in the areas of book history, new media studies, Canadian literature, and the Canadian publishing industry. Her teaching philosophy emphasizes creative and process-based assignments as well as a focus on interaction in the classroom.

For more details about her publications, awards, and teaching experience, see hannahmcgregor.com. She can also be reached on Instagram @hkpmcgregor

Research Interests

Publications

McGregor, H. (2022). A Sentimental Education. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. https://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/Books/A/A-Sentimental-Education