University of Madison Wisconsin (Sept. 2012 – Present)

Associate Professor, Media and Cultural Studies, Department of Communication Arts (2017 – Present)

Assistant Professor, Media and Cultural Studies, Department of Communication Arts (2012 – 2017)

University of Ottawa (Sept. 2010 – Aug. 2012)

Post-doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Law, Supervisor: Dr. Michael Geist Project: “You Can Patent That? Technology and the Business of Patents”



(2010). Ph.D., McGill University, Montreal, Dept. of Art History and Communication Studies. Dissertation: Understanding the Digital Music Commodity. Supervisor: Dr. Jonathan Sterne

(2005). M.A., Ryerson/York University, Toronto, Dept. of Communication and Culture. Thesis: Making the Brand: Examining the Role of Branding in the Popular Music Industry. Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Middleton.

(1998). B.Sc., Queen’s University, Kingston, Dept. of Biology


Select Conference Presentations/Invited Lectures:

“Platform Effects: Apps and the Perils of Optimizing Culture.” International Communication Association. Washington, DC. May. 24-28, 2019.

“The Spotification of Podcasting” Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Seattle, WA. Mar. 13-17, 2019.

“PodcastRE: Archiving the Promises of a Disruptive Format” Association of Internet Researchers. Montreal, QC. Oct. 10-13, 2018.

“Digital Archives” Panel Discussion and Interview. Music Tech Fest. Stockholm, Sweden. September 6-8, 2018.

“Saving New Sounds: Listening to The Sonic Web”. Digital Culture and Society: Structure, Culture and Practice. Xi’an Summer Workshop. Xi’an, China. June 26, 2018.

“Apps, App Stores and the Rise of Mundane Software”. Digital Culture and Society: Structure, Culture and Practice. Xi’an Summer Workshop. Xi’an, China. June 24, 2018.


Media Projects:

PodcastRE Database (

Founder and co-creator of one of the largest publicly-oriented databases for the study and preservation of podcasts. The database allows researchers to conduct advanced searches for podcasts (i.e. by date, by keyword, by topic, by producer, etc.) as well as use visualization and analytics too. In 2018, the project was voted as the winner of a Digital Humanities Award: Highlighting Resources in Digital Humanities


Select Invited Lectures on Pedagogy:

“Defining Moments in a Community of Practice”. Delivered at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Teaching Academy Winter Retreat. (Theme: Identifying Communities of Practice). Jan. 16, 2015.

“Creativity in the Classroom“. Delivered at the University of Wisconsin- Madison’s monthly Letters & Sciences department chairs and directors breakfast. Nov. 19, 2014.

“How Not to Make a Video”. Delivered at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Teaching and Learning Symposium (UW TLS). May 19, 2014.


In the Press:

Can Podcasts Survive the Billion Dollar Hype?CNN/BEME News. Foglia, Louis (2019, 11 April). 

Audio for the Ages: A New Database Archives Podcasting Culture.Perspectives on History: The News Magazine of the American Historical Association. Zoë Jackson (2018, 1 October).

Tuned into Podcasts.College of Letters & Sciences Newsletter. Katie Vaughn (2018, 5 March).

File not deleted: UW scholar works to preserve podcasts for history.” Capitol Times. Erik Lorenzsonn (2017, 3 May).

Madison professor archiving podcasts, making sure the audio form never disappears.WMTV/NBC15. Sarah Brechbill (2017, 12 June)

UW Project Preserving and Archiving Podcasts.Wisconsin Public Radio. Dean Knetter (2017, 31 May).


Other Experience:

WSUM Radio Station. Board Member. January 2018 – Present.

George Foster Peabody Awards Screening Committee (Faculty Judge/Head). Radio and Podcasting Category. 2017 – 2019.

Research Assistant for Dr. Michael Geist for a project on video game industry subsidies in Canada. 2010 – 2011.

Polaris Prize Screening Jury Member. 2009 -2011. The award offers $30,000 to the best Canadian album, regardless of genre, sales, or professional affiliation.

Music Editor/Editor in Chief for Montreal local culture website 2007 – 2011.

Podcast host/producer for Midnight Poutine and the Montreal Gazette’s Habs Inside/Out. 2006 – 2008.

Account Supervisor at Leo Burnett Advertising on major national TV, Print, Radio and Web campaigns. 1998 – 2003.