I received my PhD in Social and Political Thought from York University in Toronto in 2001 and completed my MA in Comparative Literary Studies (1993) and BA in Directed Interdisciplinary Studies (1991) from Carleton University in Ottawa.
I am the current president of the Canadian Communication Association and the book review editor for the Canadian Journal of Communication. I am actively involved in a number of programs at Laurier, including being a past coordinator of the Cultural Studies Program, and past director of the MA in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory.
Personal website: www.penelopeironstone.com.
My current research includes the SSHRC-funded (2008-2011) research project called "From Seasonal Flu to Pandemic Influenza: The Cultural Life of a Virus." More recently, I have begun to study the cultural discourses surrounding the microbiome and microbial (bio)politics. My research interests span a wide variety of topics connected to cultural studies of health and medicine, risk cultures, cultural theory, and feminist and queer media studies.
I was a semi-finalist for the TVO Best Lecturer Award in 2008, and won the WLU Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011.
I am willing to supervise students in the areas of health and risk communication, cultural studies of science and medicine, risk cultures, feminist and queer media studies, and cultural theory.
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