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Ryan Phillips

Contract Lecturer
EducationPhD (Communication and Culture): Ryerson
Phone(416) 979-5000 x 557046


Dr. Ryan Phillips recently completed his doctoral work in Ryerson University’s Communication and Culture program. He is an interdisciplinary scholar who also holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Waterloo and a BA in Psychology from Ryerson University.

Dr. Phillips’ research focuses on the advertising, politics, and promotional cultures of food and sports. His primary work interrogates the rhetorical ways in which plant-based meat companies attempt to reframe ‘meat’ as a category of food for promotional purposes. Additionally, Dr. Phillips’ work critically assesses the political economy and promotional cultures of hockey broadcasting in Canada. More recently, he has begun investigating the promotional implications of Canada’s Cannabis Act, including potential policy loopholes related to artistic productions and edibles.

Dr. Phillips is the Book Review Editor of Canadian Food Studies / La Revue canadienne des études sur l’alimentation.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Trailer Park Boys and the Promotional Cultures of Cannabis in Canada: Audiences, Influencers, and Imminent Commodities.” Journal of Canadian Studies 55:2 (Summer 2021): 419-435.
  • “Listing and protecting culturally significant events: Intangible cultural heritage and policy considerations for hockey broadcasting in Canada” (with George Martin). International Journal of Cultural Policy 25:6 (2020): 584-596.
  • “Frames as boundaries: Rhetorical framing analysis and the confines of public discourse in news media.” Journal of Communication Inquiry 43:2 (2019): 152-170.
  • “An inquiry into the political economy of Hockey Night in Canada: Critically assessing issues of ownership, advertising, and gendered audiences.” Canadian Journal of Communications 43:2 (2018): 203-220.
  • “The Earth Liberation Front: A critical analysis of violence, terrorism, and the democratic justifications of radical environmentalism.” Inquiry & Insight 7:1 (2014): 39-54.

Chapters in Books

  • “A Vegan Rhetorical Approach to Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle.” In Through a Vegan Studies Lens: Textual Ethics and Lived Activism, ed. Laura Wright, 73-89. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2019.


  • Review of Plant-based Diets for Succulence and Sustainability by Kathleen May Kevany. (London and New York: Routledge, 2020): 256 pp.  Canadian Food Studies, 7:2 (2020): 88-90.
  • Review of Wish I Were Here: Boredom and the Interface by Mark Kingwell. (Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019): 208 pp. Canadian Journal of Communication, 45:4 (2020): 613-615.
  • Review of Digital Demagogue: Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of Trump and Twitter by Christian Fuchs (London, UK: Pluto Press, 2018): 320 pp. TripleC: Communication, Capitalism, & Critique 16:2 (2018) online, external link.
  • Review of Crash to paywall: Canadian newspapers and the great disruption by Brian Gorman (Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015): 320 pp. Canadian Journal of Communication 43:1 (2018): 187-189.
  • Review of Growing local: Case studies on local food supply chains ed. by Robert P. King, Michael S. Hand, and Miguel I. Gomez (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015) 384pp. Canadian Food Studies 3:1 (2016): 127-129.
  • Review of #foodcrisis: A graphic novel about global food security by Evan D.G. Fraser, Scott Moony, John Perlock, and Roco Commisso (, 2014) 140pp. CuiZine 6:2 (2015).

Working Papers

  • “The Class-ification of Plant-Based Meat: A Rhetorical Framing Analysis of Consumer-to-Consumer Social Media Marketing in Burger King’s Impossible Whopper Campaign”
  • “What Are Edibles? Marketing and Advertising Policy in the Canadian Cannabis Act (2018)”


  • food communication and politics
  • promotional cultures of plant-based meat;
  • rhetorics of veganism/ vegetarianism;
  • Canadian sports broadcasting;
  • public broadcasting policy;
  • Canada’s Cannabis Act (2018)

POG 110: Power and Influence in Canadian Politics

POL 106: Politics of Human Need

POL 507: Power, Change and Technology

POL 607: Technology and Globalization