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Greg Elmer

DepartmentProfessional Communication
EducationMA, PhD, Mass. (Amherst)
Areas of ExpertisePolitical communication, Online research methods, Documentary media, Surveillance studies

Greg Elmer (PhD, U. of Massachusetts Amherst) is Bell Media Research Chair and Professor of Professional Communication. 

Greg is a documentary filmmaker and media scholar. His research focuses on questions of media financialization, surveillance, and digital politics. Greg is Director of the Infoscape Research Lab, external link, opens in new window, a 15 year old unit that serves as a space for collaboration among faculty, post-docs and graduate students. 

Research: How social media platforms have changed and reconfigured political communications and electoral campaigns, as well as research investigating the role that media and social media play in organizing and reporting on political protest and dissent. Currently writing a book on the financial histories of social media companies. 

Author/co-authorship: The Permanent Campaign: New Media, New Politics , with G. Langlois & F. McKelvey (Peter Lang, 2012), Infrastructure Critical: Sacrifice at Toronto’s G8/20 Summit, with A. Renzi (ARP, 2014), Preempting Dissent: The Politics of an Inevitable Future, with A. Opel (ARP, 2008), & Profiling Machines: Mapping the Personal Information Economy. (MIT press, 2004)

Creative practice: Digital media research software and platform development for researchers and content producers. Digital media producer and interactive and creative commons documentary film-maker. Director of Preempting Dissent (2014) and The Canadian Delegation (in post production).