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Jeremy Schtern

Dr. Jeremy Shtern

Interim Chair of Creative Industries, Professor
DepartmentCreative Industries
EducationPh.D, M.Sc, BA (Hons), Certificate
Memberships/ServicesFull member of TMU's Yeates School of Graduate Studies and thereby authorized to evaluate and supervise graduate student projects and theses.
Phone416-979-5000 ex. 553301

Biographical Statement

Dr. Jeremy Shtern (pronouns he/him) is Professor in the School of Creative Industries at Toronto Metropolitan University and the Graduate Program Director of the Joint York/TMU Graduate Program in Communication and Culture (ComCult).

Education Degree
Communication, Université de Montréal (Montréal, CA) Ph.D
New Media, Information & Society, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (London, UK) M.Sc
Film Studies, Queen’s University (Kingston, CA) BA (Hons)
Proficiency in Spanish, TMU: The Chang School (Toronto, CA) Certificate
Courses Taught
CRI 200 IP Issues in the Digital Age
CC 8849 Special Topics in Politics and Policy: Social Media Advertising
CC 8902 Research Methods Workshop
CC 9906 Ph.D Field Seminar Disciplinary Practices
Working Languages
Français (French)

Dr. Shtern joined the TMU faculty from the University of Ottawa in 2013, as the first full time faculty member hired in the School of Creative Industries. Among other contributions, he is co-author of two books: Media Divides: Communication Rights and the Right to Communicate in Canada, external link, opens in new window, and Digital Solidarities: Communication Policy and Multi-stakeholder Global Governance The Legacy of the World Summit on the Information Society, external link, opens in new window. He is also author or co-author on a dozen journal articles and book chapters and has made more than 30 paper presentations at scholarly conferences. Dr. Shtern's list of invited guest lectures includes visits to the Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, and a Keynote at a 2014 International Conference hosted by the Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, at JMI in New Delhi, India.  Professor Shtern is an innovative and entrepreneurial researcher whose research adds value to TMU and provides opportunities for its students. Since completing his SSHRC, external link, opens in new window and FRQSC, external link, opens in new window funded PhD and post-docs, Dr. Shtern’s research program has been supported with more than $250,000 in external research funding.

Dr. Shtern founded and directs the Global Communication Governance Research Lab at TMU. Among other academic leadership service appointments, he is vice-chair of the Communication Policy and Technology section of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Communications Association (CCA), external link, opens in new window. Jeremy has served on review juries for SSHRC, FRQSC, the Open Society Foundation and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and has peer-reviewed for leading journals and publishers. He teaches undergraduate courses in the Ryerson School of Creative Industries and regularly teaches and supervises in the York/TMU Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture, opens in new window.

Communication policy

Globalization & communication

Digital technologies

Creative labour

Internet governance

Communication rights

Internet and digital platform governance

Political economy of media

Hill, S & J. Shtern (in press, expected 2023). “Techlash, Platformization and the Struggle to Govern Online Content”. In A. Hintz, C. Padovani, G. Goggin et al (eds.) Global Communication Governance at the Crossroads. Palgrave.

Shtern, J.& S. Hill. (2021). “The Political Economy of Influence: Sponsored Content and Social Media Entertainment”. in S. Cunningham and D. Craig (eds), Creator Culture, external link, opens in new window. New York: NYU Press. 329-362.

Levine, I. & Shtern, J. (2015). “Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship Education by Design: A Case Study of the Development and Launch of Canada’s First B.A. Program in Creative Industries”. in. O. Kuhluke, A. Schramme and R. Kooyman (eds)” Creating Cultural Capital, external link, opens in new window. Chicago/Amsterdam: Eburon Academic Publishers/University of Chicago Press. pp. 214-223. 

Shtern, J. & Blake, S. (2014). “Power and Politics at the CRTC: The Recent Past and Uncertain Future of Canada’s Communications Regulator”. In: L. Shade (eds.) MediaScapes IV. Toronto: Pearson Education. pp. 84-106.

Davis, C.; Shtern, J.; Coutanche, M. & Godo, E. (2014). “Screenwriters in Toronto: Centre, Periphery, and Exclusionary Networks in Canadian Screen Storytelling”. In: J. Grant (eds.) Seeking Talent for Creative Cities: The Social Dynamics of Innovation, external link, opens in new window. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. pp. 77-98.

Shtern, J.; Paré, D.; Ross, P. & Dick, M. (2013). “Historiographic Innovation: How the Past Explains the Future of Social Media Services”. In A. Krumsvik and T. Storsul (eds.) Media Innovations: A Multidisciplinary Study of Change, external link, opens in new window. Gothenburg: Nordicom. pp. 239-254.

Shtern, J. (2012). “Beyond Policy Analysis: Methods for Qualitative Investigation”. in I. Wagman & P. Urquhart (eds.) Cultural Making Sense of Canadian Media in the Digital Age. Toronto: James Lorimer and Company. pp. 166-182.

Shtern, J.; Landry, N. & Raboy, M. (2012). “The Least Imperfect Form of Global Governance Yet? Civil Society and Multi-Stakeholder Governance of Communication”. in D. Frau-Meigs et al. (eds.) From NWICO to WSIS: 30 Years of Communication Geopolitics, external link, opens in new window. Bristol, UK: Intellect Ltd. pp. TBC.

Raboy, M. & Shtern, J. (2010). “Mediated Speech and Communication Rights: Situating Cyber-Bullying Within the Emerging Global Internet Page 12 of 20Governance Regime”. in S. Shariff & A. Churchill (eds.) Truths and Myths of Cyber-Bullying: Stakeholder Responsibility and Childrens’ Safety, external link, opens in new window. New York: Peter Lang. pp. 193-228.

Shtern, J. (2016). UNESCO global consultation on Internet indicators. Invited by UNESCO to participate in an IAMCR Special Session panel discussion of global internet indicators. Cartagena, COL. July 2017.

Shtern, J. (2016). Better than Random: The Chance for Democratic Governance of The Advertising Supported Internet. Queensland University of Technology, Digital Media Research Centre Lunch Seminar. Aug. 2, 2016.

Shtern, J. (2016). The Interactor Commodity: The Politics of Social Media Advertising. University of Sydney Department of Media and Communications. Aug. 15, 2016.

Shtern, J. (2016). Social Media Activism Workshop. The Toronto Youth Cabinet Summit. Toronto City Hall. May 7, 2016.

Shtern, J. (2016). Better than Random: The Chance for Democratic Governance of the Advertising Supported Internet. The Datactive Speaker Series. University of Amsterdam. Feb. 17, 2016.

Shtern, J. (2015). “Networks of Exclusion: The Mediation of Cultural Diversity in Canada’s Broadcasting System”. Invited Keynote Talk at "International Conference on Media Diversity: Concept, Analysis, Policy", Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi India, Nov. 25, 2015.

Shtern, J. (2011). “Real Technological, Political and Social Barriers to the Global Free Flow of Information.” Invited intervention to “Media and Internet Policies behind the Great Firewall: A Global Conversation on Traditional and Digital Media Law and the Reality in China”. Invited/organized by Internews. Bangkok, Thailand. Jan. 7, 2011. 

Shtern, J. (2010). “The Least Imperfect Form of Global Governance Yet?Communication Activism and Multi-Stakeholder Governance of the Information Society”. Invited talk at the Yale University Law School, Information Society Project. Dec. 15, 2010.

Shtern, J. (2008). “Governing the Internet’’. Broadband: Gilberto Gil in Discussion with Montreal Activists. Invited intervention to a public forum organized by Media@McGill at the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT). Montréal, Feb. 16, 2008.

Shtern, J., Hill, S. & D. Chan. (2019). Social Media Influence: Performative Authenticity and the Relational Work of Audience Commodification in the Philippines, external link, opens in new window. International Journal of Communication (IJOC) 13(2019) pp. 1939-1958.

Zboralska, E., Davis, C., Shtern, J & V. Ciccone. (2017): “Canada’s Policy of Cultural Diversity Reporting in the Audiovisual Industry: Making Monitoring Meaningful”. Quaderns del CAC: 43. pp 73-86.

Abramson, B.D.; Shtern, J.; & Taylor, G. (2008). “ ‘More and Better’ Research? Critical Communication Studies and the Problem of Policy Relevance”. The Canadian Journal of Communication 33(2). pp. 303-317.

Shtern, J. (2006). “Keeping the Gates to the Parliament of (Digital) Things: Free/Open Source Software, Public Policy, Citizenship and Technology, external link, opens in new window”. The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge & Society 2(3). pp. 173-179.