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Sara Bannerman, Ph.D. (Carleton)

Canada Research Chair in Communication Policy and Governance
Associate Professor
E-mail: banners@mcmaster.ca
Phone: 905-525-9140, ext. 23722
Office: TSH-302

Sara Bannerman has published articles and book chapters on international copyright, crowdfunding, historical institutionalism, and Canadian media coverage of same-sex marriage.  Her research area is the networked governance of communication, including copyright and intellectual property, communications law & policy, the international governance of communications, and communications policy history.  She the author of International Copyright and Access to Knowledge(CambridgeUP) and The Struggle for Canadian Copyright: Imperialism to Internationalism, 1842-1971 (UBC Press, 2013).

Academic Positions

Associate Professor, Department of Communications and Multimedia, McMaster University, July 2015 – present
Assistant Professor, Department of Communications and Multimedia, McMaster University, July 2011 – July 2015 Postdoctoral fellow, Regulatory Institutions Network, Australian National University, May 2009 – Apr. 2011
Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Sept. 2009 – May 2010


PhD (2009, Carleton University, Ottawa)
M.A. (2004, Carleton University, Ottawa)
B. Music (1998, Queen’s University, Kingston)


Bannerman, Sara.  “Development and International Copyright: A History.” WIPO Journal, submitted August 31 2016(6600 words), forthcoming.

Bannerman, Sara. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. s.v. “Copyright.” Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016 (8743 words).

Bannerman, Sara. Review of Emergence and Empire: Innis, Complexity, and the Trajectory of History by John Bonnett. The University of Toronto Quarterly 85 no. 3 (Summer 2016): 466-468.

Bannerman, Sara and Blayne Haggart. “Historical Institutionalism in Communication Studies.” Communication Theory (22 pages). [download]

Strugglefor Canadian Copyright book coverBannerman, Sara. The Struggle for Canadian Copyright: Imperialism to Internationalism, 1886-1971. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013. [Companion Web Site to Book] [Preview] [Order as an ebook through google books ($21.46).] [Order hardcover edition through UBC PressChapters bookstore,Amazon, or other bookstores.]



de Beer, Jeremy and Sara Bannerman. “Access to Knowledge as a New Paradigm for Research on ICTs and Intellectual Property Rights.” Chapter 3 in Connecting ICTs to Development: The IDRC Experience. Heloise Emdon, Laurent Elder, Ben Petrazzini and Richard Fuchs, eds. New York: Anthem Press, 2013). [link to book]

Sara Bannerman. “Crowdfunding Culture.” Wi: Journal of Mobile Culture 6 no. 4 (2012). [link to paper]

———. “Same-Sex Marriage, Social Cohesion, and Canadian Values: A Media Analysis.” Canadian Journal of Communication 36, no. 4 (2011), pp. 599-617. [download]

———. “Canadian Copyright: History, Change, and Potential.” Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol. 36 no 1: 31-50. [download]

———. “WIPO and the ACTA Threat.” International Journal of Technology Policy and Law 1 no. 1 (2012): 3-14. [download from SSRN] Also published as PIJIP Research Paper No. 4. Washington, DC: Washington College of Law, 2010. [link to paper]

de Beer, Jeremy and Sara Bannerman. “Foresight into the Future of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Development Agenda.” World Intellectual Property Organization Journal, 1 no. 2 2010. [download Volume 1, Issue 2]

Bannerman, Sara. “Copyright: Characteristics of Canadian Reform.” Chapter 1 in Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda: From Radical Extremism to Balanced Copyright, Michael Geist, ed. Toronto: Irwin Law, 2010. [link to article]

———. “Middle Powers and International Copyright History: the case of Canada.” Chapter in Copyright Future: Copyright Freedom, Sydney: Sydney University Press, 2011, pp. 79-96. [download the whole book]

———. “The Ins and Outs of the Public Domain [Review of the four booksTerms of Use: Negotiating the Jungle of the Intellectual CommonsThe Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the MindThe Global Idea of “the Commons”, and The Future of the Public Domain: Identifying the Commons in Information Law].” Global Media Journal — Canadian Edition 2, no. 1 (2009): 167-173.[link to article]

———. “The WIPO Development Agenda Forum and Its Prospects for Taking into Account Different Levels of Development.” Chapter 2 in Implementing the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Development Agenda. Edited by Jeremy de Beer. Waterloo: University of Wilfrid Laurier Press/CIGI/IDRC, 2009. [download book from IDRC][view chapter]

———. “The Development Agenda at WIPO: Where is Canada?” Chapter 10 inInnovation, Science and Environment: Canadian Policies and Performance 2008-2009. Edited by Glen Toner. Montreal: Published for the School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University by McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008:190-208. [download abridged version from SSRN] [link to McGill-Queens University Press]

IP Issues book cover ———. Intellectual Property Issues in ICT4D. Ottawa: International Development Research Centre, 2007.[download from SSRN][download from IDRC digital library]



———. Review of Intellectual Property: The Law in Canada, by Daniel Gervais & Elizabeth Judge. Canadian Journal of Communication 32, no. 1 (2007): 143-145. [link to article]

———. “Canadian Copyright Reform: Consulting with Copyright’s Changing Public.” Intellectual Property Journal 19, no. 2 (April 2006): 271-296. Reprinted as Chapter 7 in Copyright Infringement: New Mystifications. Edited by Veena Audinharayana. Hyderabad: Amicus Books, 2009.[download from SSRN] Reprinted as Chapter 6 in Copyright Law Reforms: Global Depiction. Edited by Audhi Narayana Vavili. Hyderabad: Amicus Books, 2008.

———. “Copyright and the Global Good? An Examination of “the Public Interest” in International Copyright Regimes.” In Intellectual Property Rights and Communications in Asia: Conflicting Traditions. Edited by Pradip Ninan Thomas and Jan Servaes. New Delhi: Sage, 2006.[link to Sage] Reprinted as Chapter 6 in Public Interest and Law: Theory and Practice. Edited by A. Sabitha. Hyderabad: Amicus Books, 2009.[download draft version from SSRN]

———. Review of In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law, edited by Michael Geist. Canadian Journal of Communication 31, no. 2 (2006): 474-475.[link to article]


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insight Development Grant (2013-2015)

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University (2011-2012, declined)

Berlin Law in Context Research Network Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Forum Transregionale Studien, affiliated with the Faculty of Law at Humbolt University, Berlin and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2011-2012, declined)

Fulbright Award (2009-2010)

SSHRC Postdoctoral Award (2009-2011)

Carleton University Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement (2009)

Dallas Smythe Award from the International Association for Media and Communications Research (2008). Received for my paper “Berne Buster: Canada and the Berne Convention, 1887-1908”.

Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2005-2008)

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2005 – declined)

Graduate Students’ Association Honour Award for Outstanding Commitment and Dedication to Carleton and the Graduate Community (2007). The GSA honour award was established by the GSA council in 2001 in order to recognise those graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to Carleton, and the graduate community specifically. Four are handed out each year.


Bannerman, Sara. “Op-Ed: The A2K problem: copyright, accessibility and the future of copyright in Canada.” The Hill Times, 27 January 2011, p. 28.  [link to article]

Bannerman, Sara. “Op-Ed: We Should Copyright the Canadian way.” The Hill Times, 25 October 2010, p. 41.  [link to article]

Interviewed at “Copyright History – Copyright Freedom” conference, Canberra, Australia, 27 May 2009.  [listen]

Interviewed on CKNW Nightline BC, a call-in program, regarding research paper “Same-Sex Marriage, Social Cohesion, and Canadian Values: A Media Analysis.” 7 June 2006

Produced a 15-minute “copyright news” segment weekly on CKCU FM, Carleton University. October 2003-April 2004.

Produced and hosted a weekly hour-long spoken word program called “Queer Street” on CFRC FM, Queen’s University. 1995-1998.