McCurdy, Patrick

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Assistant Professor, Department of Communication
2000 – BA (hons) Communication, concentration Criminology, University of Ottawa, 2003 – MA Communication, University of Calgary, 2009 – PhD Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science (UK)

DMS, 55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 11118
Tel: 613-562-5800 ext 2728

Research Interests

  • Media strategies of civil society actors
  • Representation of protest and civil society in the media
  • Media events and the ‘media eventisation’ of society
  • Consequences of living in a media-saturated society
  • Media and international development


Twitter: @pmmcc

Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.

Selected publications


Feigenbaum, A., Frenzel, F. and McCurdy, P. (2013) Protest Camps. Zed Books: London. Project website: 

Edited Books

Brevini, B., Hintz, A. and McCurdy, P. (eds). (2013) Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism & Society. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Cammermats, B., Matoni, A. and McCurdy, P. (eds). (2013). Mediation and Protest Movements. Intellect: Bristol.

Selected Book chapters

McCurdy, P., (2013). "From the Pentagon Papers to Cablegate: How the Network Society Has Changed Leaking", Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism & Society, Brevini, B. Hintz, A. and McCurdy, P., Basingstoke, Palgrave. pp. 123-145.

McCurdy, P., Power, G. and A. Godfrey (2011). When theory meets practice: Critical     reflections from the field on press freedom indicators. In M. Price and S. Abbot (Eds.).  Critical reflections from the field on press freedom indicators. New York: Peter Lang. pp. 47-66.

Selected Articles in refereed journals      

Frenzel, F., Feigenbaum, A., and McCurdy, P., "Protest camps: an emerging field of social movement research", Sociological Review, January 2014., (In press)

McCurdy, P. and Uldam, J., "Connecting participant observation positions: towards a reflexive framework for studying social movements", Field Methods, 26, 2014. (In press)

McCurdy, P., "Conceptualizing Celebrity Activists: The case of Tamsin Omond", Celebrity Studies, November 2013., (In press)

Engelbert, J. and McCurdy, P., "A threat to impartiality: Reconstructing and situating the BBC's denial of the 2009 DEC appeal for Gaza", Media War & Conflict, 5(2), 101-117, 2012.

McCurdy, P., "Social Movements, Protest and Mainstream Media", Sociology Compass, 6, 244-255, 2012.

Engelbert, J. and McCurdy, P., "Capitalising on the plasticity of impartiality: the BBC and the 2009 Gaza appeal", Critical Discourse Studies, 8, 183-201, May 2011.

McCurdy, P., "Theorizing Activists' Lay Theories of Media' ; A case study of the Dissent! Network at the 2005 G8 Summit", International Journal of Communication, 5, 615-638, 2011.