Selected academic CV

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University of Toronto Mississauga
Assistant Professor (CLTA), Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology, 2017-2020.

New York University
SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow | Visiting Scholar in American Studies, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, 2015-2016.

Ph.D., Communication Studies, McGill University, February 2015.
    Dissertation: The Muted City: New York, Noise Control and the Reconfiguration of Urban Space.
    Advisor: Jonathan Sterne

M.A., Musicology and Ethnomusicology, York University, June 2000.
           Advisor: Rob Bowman

B.A. summa cum laude, Individualized Studies, York University, November 1997.
          Advisor: Gerald Ginsburg


Principal Investigator, Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. “Alternative Toronto: Mapping Art, Activism and Community in the 1980s,” 2016-2020.


Exemplary Practices of Active History Award,, 2019.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2015-2016.

Fonds Québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2015-2016 (declined).

Media@McGill Dissertation Completion Grant, 2008-2009.

Beaverbrook/Media@McGill Merit Scholarship, 2008.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship, 2000-2004.


Journal Articles

Re/mediating the Archive: Building Alternative Toronto.Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 32:1 (Winter 2018): 97-110.

Muting Dissent: New York City’s Sound Device Ordinance and the Liberalization of the Public Sphere.Radical History Review 121 (January 2015): 32-50.

Mic Check: Occupy Wall Street and the Space of Audition.Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 11:1 (January 2014): 34-41.

“Agitato.” TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies 28 (Fall 2012): 223-224.

The ‘War on Noise’: Sound and Space in La Guardia’s New York.American Quarterly 63:3 (September 2011): 733-760.

Reprinted in:
Sound Clash: Listening to American Studies. Eds. Kara Keeling and Josh Kun, 289-316. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.

Public Scholarship

Sidewalk Labs' quiet plan for Canada's banks to manage a national digital ID.” Boing Boing. November 18, 2019.

"Toronto's Aural Panic: Why We Need Digital Rights Now." Boing Boing. August 2, 2018.

À qui la rue?: On Mégaphone and Montreal’s Noisy Public Sphere.Sounding Out! February 24, 2014.

(With Jonathan Sterne.) “Model Resistance.” The Times Higher Education Supplement. August 23, 2012.

Rejecting Government Offer, Quebec Students Persist in Historic Strike.” Brainstorm Blog. The Chronicle of Higher Education. May 10, 2012. 

The Biggest Student Uprising You’ve Never Heard Of.” Brainstorm Blog. The Chronicle of Higher Education. April 23, 2012. 


"Alternative Archives: A Conversation About Alternative Toronto." Interference Archive, Brooklyn NY, October 18, 2019.

"New York's Wars on Noise." Muting the City: New York's Struggle with Noise. The Gotham Center for New York City History, October 15, 2019.

"Alternative Toronto." Special Plenary Session on Community-Driven Archives, Association of Canadian Archivists. Toronto ON, June 8, 2019.

"An Introduction to Alternative Toronto." Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto ON, February 27, 2019.


Papers Presented

"Digital Archives from Below." Association for Computers and the Humanities. Pittsburgh PA, July 25, 2019.

"Social Movement DH." Digital Humanities Network. University of Toronto, August 30, 2018.

“Re/mediating the Archive: Building Alternative Toronto.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Toronto ON, March 14, 2018.

“Radical Histories and Alternative Archives: About Alternative Toronto.” DIRT: Intersectional Approaches to Messiness. The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought. Ryerson University, November 11, 2017.

“Outside the Box.” For Whom the Medium Matters II. McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, April 21, 2017.

“Outside the Box: Segregating Sound in 1970s New York.” Periods and Waves: A Conference on Sound and History. Stony Brook University, April 30, 2016.

“The Sound of Broken Windows: On the Cultural Formation of the Boombox.” American Studies Association. Toronto ON, October 8, 2015.

“It’s Not What You Say But How (Loudly) You Say It: New York’s Noise Ordinance and Public Speech.” Sound and Dissent. Concordia University, February 1, 2013.

“Mic Check: On the Regulation of Acoustic Space in La Guardia’s New York.” National Communication Association, Orlando FL, November 15, 2012.

“Mic Check: On the Regulation of Acoustic Space in La Guardia’s New York.” The Cosmopolitan Metropolis. Urban History Association. Columbia University, October 26, 2012.

“Looks Loud: Visualizing Noise in New York City and Beyond.” Canadian Association of Cultural Studies, McGill University, November 4, 2011.

“Contested Spaces and Aural Ethics.” The Ephemeral City: Ethics and Aesthetics. Canadian Centre for Architecture, October 22, 2010. 

Discussant and Panels

Panelist, "Secure States & States of Insecurity." Digital Humanities Network. University of Toronto. February 10, 2020.

Seminar Participant, “Archives in the Digital Age.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Toronto ON, March 18, 2018.

Panelist, “Precarious Resistance to the University of Austerity.” ASA Committee on Graduate Education. American Studies Association. Toronto ON, October 9, 2015.

Panelist, “The Sonic Commons: Architecture, Sound, and the Ephemeral City.” The Ephemeral City. L'Institut de recherche en histoire de l'architecture, Concordia University, April 7, 2010.

Discussant, “Soundwalk.”  Densité, Intensité, Tensions: L’Urbanité Montréalaise en Question.  Colloque sous l’égide du CELAT à l’UQAM, Monopoli Gallery, November 2, 2007.


Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology, University of Toronto.
The Interactive Society, Fall 2019
Creating, Protecting and Managing Digital Artifacts: Digital Archives, Winter 2019, Winter 2020
Advanced Research Methodologies: Qualitative Methods, Fall 2017, Fall 2018
Sound as Media, Winter 2017, Winter 2018, Winter 2020

Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University.
History of Communication, Winter 2012, Summer 2012
Sound Culture: Sound and the City, Winter 2010
History of Communication II: The Electronic Age, Winter 2002

Next Stop Summer University, University of Novi Sad, August 2002.
Media Studies
Popular Music


Director, Lakeshore Village Artists’ Co-operative, 2022-present.

Community Partner, Archive/Counter-Archive, 2021-present.

Member, A/CA Cultural Policy, IP, and Rights Ecosystems Working Group, 2021-2022.


Member, Soundscapes at U of T Working Group, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto, 2019-20.

Member, Queer Digitalities Working Group, McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology, 2017-18.

Convenor, Alternative Toronto Working Group, McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, 2017-2018.

Member, Activist Media Archives Research Network, Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought, Ryerson University, 2017-18.


"D.I.Y. Archiving." Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, December 11, 2019.

“The Right to the Smart City.” Annual Canadian Civil Liberties Association/TDSB Borovoy Conference. Toronto ON, December 5, 2019.

Panelist, "Digital Disconnect: Canadian Sovereignty in the Internet Age." Friends of Canadian Broadcasting. Revue Cinema, Toronto ON, September 25, 2019.

Panelist, “Smart Cities.” Summer Law Institute, Ontario Justice Education Network. Osgoode Hall, Toronto ON, August 27, 2019.

"Civic Hacknight #160: Alternative Toronto." Civic Tech Toronto/Sidewalk Labs. Toronto ON, September 18, 2018.

Panelist, smARTcities Salon. Vaughan City Hall, Vaughan ON, March 22, 2018.

“Politicizing the Soundscape.” Humanities 101 Community Lecture. Forward House, Montreal QC, November 11, 2013.

Quebec Coordinator, A Public Conversation Between Protagonists from Hemispheric Student Struggles in Chile, Quebec, and New York. CUNY Graduate Center, October 15, 2012.

Teach-In, “Why the Student Strike Matters: Tuition, Debt and Neoliberalism.” L'Assemblée populaire de quartier du Mile-End, August 10, 2012.

Quebec Coordinator, Solidarity Summer: City-Wide Coordinating Meeting for Solidarity with the Quebec Student Strike and Escalating Our Struggles. 16 Beaver, June 3, 2012.

Quebec Liaison, “Tuition Struggles in Quebec.” The University is Ours! A Conference on Struggles Within and Beyond the Neoliberal University. Edu-factory Toronto, April 29, 2012.

Facilitator, “Taking Up Space: A Workshop for Radical Women.” (Reclaim Your) Education Week. McGill University, January 18, 2012.


Interviewed for “From the AGSEM Archives: 30 Years of Graduate Student Organizing at McGill.” AGSEM-AEEDEM, October 2023. 

Interviewed for “How Noise Shaped a City.The Local 7, Fall 2020.

Interviewed for the news feature “UTM Professor Sounds Privacy Alarm Over Sidewalk Labs Project.” UTM News, December 12, 2019.

Interviewed for the documentary film SEED at 50: A Look Back and a Look Around. Director David Hines, 2018.

Interviewed for the Day 6 news magazine feature "Tracking the Sound of Gunshots: Is ShotSpotter the Solution to Toronto Gun Violence?" CBC Radio One, July 28, 2018.

Interviewed for the Ideas documentary “The Signal of Noise.” CBC Radio One, June 14, 2012.

Interviewed for the Uprising Radio feature “Mass Quebec Strike Continues with Hundreds of Thousands of Students in Streets.” KFPK Pacifica Network, April 26, 2012.