Bio

Hannah McGregor is an Assistant Professor in Publishing @ SFU, where her research and teaching focuses on the histories  and futures of print culture and new media in Canada, with a focus on Canadian middlebrow magazines, and podcasting as both self-publishing and public pedagogy.

Hannah completed her PhD at TransCanada Institute at the University of Guelph in 2013, where her research focused on contemporary white Canadian women’s representations of distant suffering. She held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta; her project, “Modern Magazines Project Canada,” was a collaborative initiative that took up the call to read magazines as a form of new media technology that, alongside radio and film, helped to shape the emergent consumer-publics of the twentieth century. In collaboration with the University of Alberta Libraries and the Manitoba Legislative Library, she helped to facilitate the digitization of the full run of the Winnipeg-based magazine The Western Home Monthly (1899-1932). Her research takes advantage of this digitization to explore digital methods for the study of periodicals including topic modeling with MALLET, visualization with R, and interactive timelines. Her co-authored a chapter on this topic with Nicholas van Orden, “Remediation and the Development of Modernist Forms in The Western Home Monthly,” is included in the volume Reading Modernism with Machines (Palgrave Macmillan 2016).

With Paul Hjartarson and Faye Hammill, she also secured a SSHRC Connection grant for “Magazines and/as Media: Methodological Challenges in Periodical Studies,” a workshop that included international scholars, librarians and digitization specialists, and local magazine writers and editors in discussions of the intersections of periodical publishing and digital culture. The papers from this workshop are published in joint special issues of the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies 6.2 and English Studies in Canada 41.1. 

A secondary area of research is the intersection of feminism and new media, particularly the challenges facing women in digital spaces. With collaborators Marcelle Kosman and Clare Mulcahy, Hannah is co-editing a collection of essays on women activists, artists, and intellectuals negotiating the fraught affordances of various digital publics. Hannah and Marcelle also make Witch, Please, a fortnightly podcast about the Harry Potter world. They have spoken about their public pedagogy and fandom in a variety of venues, including the feminist journal Ravishly, CBC Edmonton AM, the Edmonton Journaland at various fan and entertainment expos around Canada. Most recently, Hannah started a new podcast, Secret Feminist Agenda, a weekly discussion of the insidious, nefarious, insurgent, and mundane ways we enact our feminism in our daily lives.

Building on this podcasting experience, Hannah is collaborating with Siobhan McMenemy, Senior Editor at Wilfrid Laurier University Press, on a new SSHRC IDG-funded project called “Scholarly Podcasting in Canada.” The goal of this project is to develop methods for producing podcasts as peer-reviewed scholarship, rather than continuously demoting new media to the status of knowledge mobilization. As part of this grant, Hannah will be developing a short-run podcast to be published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press in 2018.

Hannah has experience teaching in the areas of book history, new media studies, and Canadian and global literatures. Her teaching philosophy emphasizes creative and process-based assignments as well as a focus on interaction in the classroom.

For more details about her publications, awards, and teaching experience, see her CV.

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