PhD Studies

PhD Studies

ICCIT faculty advise students, serve on dissertation committees, and conduct research with PhD students in all of the ICCIT’s primary areas of specialization – Communication, Culture, Information and Technology. This page highlights the research specializations of our faculty, the ongoing careers of PhD students and Postdoctoral fellows who have worked with our faculty, and projects current PhD students are conducting in conjunction with our faculty.

Our faculty specialize in a range of research areas related to digital media. Areas of strength include: digital culture, technology studies, social data analytics, political economy of information, new media and society, mobile media, media and cultural work, digital labour, journalism, feminist media theory, haptics, human computer interaction, game culture, media theory, media history, social networks, digital inclusion, and social movements.

Below, you will also find more information regarding how to apply to the relevant University of Toronto PhD programs our faculty are affiliated with, notably the Faculty of Information/iSchool and Computer Science.

ICCIT faculty listed below have graduate appointments at the Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto St. George Campus.  Our faculty teach courses, conduct research, and supervise students in the iSchool and Computer Science Department PhD programs.

  • Jeffrey Boase, Associate Professor — Mediated Communication, Social Networks, Digital Trace Data, New Media and Society, Mobile Communication, Research Methods.
  • Brett Caraway, Assistant Professor — Marxian Theory, Political Economy of Communication/Information, Digital Labour, Social Movements, Economics, Internet Law
  • Nicole Cohen, Assistant Professor — Political Economy of Communication/Information, Media and Cultural Work, Labour Organizing, Journalism, Digital Labour
  • Alessandro Delfanti, Assistant Professor -- Science and Technology Studies, Technology and Labour, Hacking, Political Economy of Communication/Information, Scholarly Publishing
  • Alex Hanna, Assistant Professor -- Social Movements, Political Sociology, Communication and Information Technologies, Social Media, the Middle East, Computational Social Science, Automated Textual Analysis, Social Network Analysis
  • Victoria McArthur - Assistant Professor - Social Inclusion, Game Design, Interface Affordances, Self and Identity, Avatars, Gender and Technology, Digital Games and Learning
  • Rhonda McEwen, Associate Professor – Cognitive Effects of Media; Tactile Interfaces; Tablet Communication; Cognitive Informatics; Mobile Media; Social and New Media; Device Mediation; Virtual Reality.
  • Cosmin Munteanu, Assistant Professor – Digital Marginalization/Digital inclusion; Usability; Social Isolation; Usable Privacy and Security; Ethics in Techno-centric Fieldwork; Under-represented User Groups; Mobiles and Wearable Interaction; Intelligent and Natural User Interfaces.
  • Jeremy Packer, Associate Professor – Media History; Mobility Studies;  Military and Autonomous Technologies;  Media Theory; Cultural Studies.
  • Sarah Sharma, Associate Professor – Feminist Technology; Media and Temporality; Media Theory; Technology and Labour; Cultural Studies.
  • Anthony Wensley, Associate Professor -

Here is a partial list of previous PhD students who have done research with our faculty or had their dissertation advised by our faculty either at the University of Toronto or another university.

  • Guang Ying Mo (PhD, 2016). Postdoctoral researcher, E-Rhythms Project, ICCIT and iSchool.
  • Grant Bollmer (PhD 2011). Associate Professor in Communication at North Carolina State University, USA.
  • Miranda Brady (PhD 2007). Associate Professor in Communication Studies and co-director of the Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Education at Carleton University, Canada.
  • Kalen Churcher (PhD 2008). Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at Wilkes University, USA.
  • Carrie Demmans Epp (PhD 2016). Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Pittsburgh, USA.
  • Adam Dubé (Post Doc 2015). Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University, Canada.
  • Tsahi (Zack) Hayat (PhD, 2014). Faculty at The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel.
  • Calum Matheson (PhD, 2014). Assistant Professor in Communication at University of Pittsburgh, USA.
  • Alex Monea (PhD, 2016). Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at George Mason University, USA.
  • Shayne Pepper (PhD, 2011). Assistant Professor in Communication, Media & Theatre at  Northeastern Illinois University, USA.
  • Joshua Reeves (PhD, 2013). Assistant Professor in New Media Communications at Oregon State University, USA.
  • Adam Rottinghaus (PhD, 2016). Assistant Professor in Communication at University of Tampa, USA.
  • Dawn Shepherd (PhD, 2012). Assistant Professor in English at Boise State University, USA.
  • Daniel Sutko (PhD, 2013). Assistant Professor in Communication at California State University-Fullerton, USA.
  • Rhon Teruelle (PhD, 2016). Postdoctoral Fellow in Department of Communication, Media & Film, University of Calgary
  • Mike Tissenbaum (PhD, 2015). Research Scientist with App Inventor, MIT, USA.
  • Armond Towns (PhD, 2015). Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at The University of Denver, USA.

How to apply for PhD Studies

Interested applicants are welcome to contact faculty members to discuss potential doctoral topics.

For more details about admission requirements and formal application procedures for: