Faculty and Staff
SFU welcomes Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media, Wendy Chun
By Tessa Perkins Deneault
The SFU Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT) welcomed Canada 150 Research Chair Wendy Hui Kyong Chun at a reception on Jan. 17, 2019.
Inspired by her interdisciplinary background in engineering and English literature, Chun’s research focuses on breaking down barriers to solve the most pressing issues of our time. As she said during her remarks at the reception, the Internet doesn’t have to be polarizing and adversarial. Her research group will work to build connections across disciplines and combat hostile online interactions, fake news, and echo chambers.
Chun says she is happy to return home to Canada after spending 25 years in the U.S. She hopes the Digital Democracies Group will provide opportunities for graduate students to gain Canadian experience so they don’t have to leave the country to advance their careers.