Hannah McGregor is an Assistant Professor in Publishing @ SFU, where her research and teaching focuses on the links between publishing and social change, from the role podcasts might play in expanding public engagement with research, to systemic barriers to access in the Canadian publishing industry.
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 took 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). More recently, she has co-edited an essay cluster for Modernity/modernity‘s award-winning Print+ platform; this cluster invited contributors from various disciplinary backgrounds to self-reflexively engage with the digitized Western Home Monthly archive and reflect on how disciplines shape understandings of the magazine as a multimodal object of study.
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. Hannah has continued to publish on middlebrow magazines, including a forthcoming piece co-authored with Faye Hammill on twentieth century serial practices that traversed the US/Canada border.
Another primary 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 co-edited “WHOOPS I AM A LADY ON THE INTERNET”: Digital Feminist Counter-Publics, a collection of essays and interviews 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 Journal, and at various fan and entertainment expos around Canada. She has written about podcasting and fandom for Hybrid Pedagogy, and has an article forthcoming in Participations on Harry Potter reread podcasts as digital reading communities.
In 2017, 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. Through a collaborative SSHRC-funded project with Siobhan McMenemy, Senior Editor at Wilfrid Laurier University Press, the podcast is being peer-reviewed at the end of each season. The goal of this project is develop methods for podcasts to be circulated as forms of publicly engaged scholarship in their own right, rather than being demoted to knowledge mobilization. This project has been profiled in University Affairs, and Hannah has been invited to speak on her podcasting work and offer workshops at universities across North America. In 2018, Hannah also joined the SSHRC-funded SpokenWeb partnership as head of the Podcast Task Force, where she is responsible for developing The SpokenWeb Podcast, a collaborative podcast that explores the possibilities of audio-based scholarship for engaging with audio archives. She is also part of the programming committee for the newly created Vancouver Podcast Festival.
In March 2020, Hannah and Siobhan were awarded a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant to continue developing their work on scholarly podcasting in the form of the Amplify Podcast Network. This new scholarly podcast network, the first of its kind, will incorporate three new peer-reviewed podcasts. The project will also work to develop best practices for the preservation and discoverability of scholarly podcasts and to increase public awareness of podcasts as a form of scholarly communication.
Since joining the Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University, Hannah has further expanded her research on Canadian literature and publishing into the contemporary state of the industry. In February 2018, she co-organized Publishing Unbound, a three-day symposium that brought together authors, activists, scholars, and publishing professionals in Canada to discuss inclusivity and accountability in the publishing industry. Her co-edited book, Refuse: CanLit in Ruins (Book*hug 2018) tackles similar topics, providing a critical and historical context to help readers understand conversations happening about CanLit presently. The Toronto Star described it as “an important collection of immediate responses to [the] fracturing” of CanLit.
Hannah has experience teaching in the areas of book history, new media studies, Canadian literature, and the Canadian publishing industry . 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.