Paula Gardner, Ph.D. (UMass, Amherst, MA)
Asper Chair in Communications, Associate Professor
Phone: 905-525-9140 x.27596
Office: Togo Salmon Hall 322
Paula Gardner joined the McMaster Faculty of Humanities in 2015 as the Asper Chair in Communications. She holds a BA in Political Science and Creative Writing from SUNY Potsdam,NY, an MA in Media Studies from New School University, NY, and a PhD in Communication and Media Studies from UMass, Amherst, MA. Her research interests include feminist media studies, digital culture, and affective and biometric technological practices. Gardner’s research creation practice has been supported by SSHRC, Heritage Canada, National Centres of Excellence, among others. She was a founding PI on the GRAND NCE network; is President Elect Select of the International Communication Association, and is a co-facilitator of FemTechNet (FemTechNet.org). Gardner’s current research creation projects employ visual aesthetics, participatory design, critical feminist, mobile and locative theory to create: a mobile app with teens with depression; gesture based platforms for dance and affective game play; and critical mapping projects with migrant teens. She is completing a documentary film on US asylum system problematics since 9/11/01 and is working on a book entitled Pace, the Affective Labour of Activity Trackers. Her textual scholarship has been published in Body and Society, Ada: Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology, the Journal of Medical Humanities, the Canadian Journal of Communication, and Aether: Journal of Media Geography.
Gardner will be teaching a graduate seminar entitled “Feminism, Technology and Culture”. This course is offered in collaboration with the FemTechNet project, an open source platform aiming to disseminate curriculum widely and to teach and study in collaboration with other classroom sites.