Department of Communications - Professors

Our department is composed of individuals who collaborate closely to ensure the success of our students and research.


Regular Professors
Emeritus Professors
Adjunct and Visiting Professors
Part Time Professors

Chairs and Committees

Department Chair

Director of graduate studies

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Coordinator of Public Relations Program

Coordinator of Digital Journalism Program

Administrative Staff

Administrative Staff

Graduate Students

Doctoral Students

Gabriela Perdomo

Gabriela Perdomo

“My doctoral research focuses on how journalists confront public accusations of failure. In particular, on how journalists respond to criticism after popular ballots result in widely different outcomes than expected. Overall, I am interested in learning how journalists think about their own work and their audiences, and how that affects their practices and those of media organizations. I have worked as a journalist and have a particular interest in understanding how both the journalism profession and the media industry have changed over the past two decades. This includes examining emerging media business models, new understandings of media audiences, changing journalistic norms and roles, and new forms of storytelling prompted by technological change. My other academic interests include feminist studies, especially the intersection of women, politics, and the media. Aside from my student life, I also work as coordinator of the Digital Journalism Program at uOttawa and I am an editorial assistant for the Canadian Journal of Media Studies.”

Pascale Dangoisse

Pascale Dangoisse

“My research interest lies within the study of political discourse and communication, mediated and unmediated, on the topics of feminism in Canada. I am interested in understanding how liberal politicians talk about feminist topics, women’s rights, and women in general and how that relates back to women living in Canada. I also have an interest in social movements and activism; how do movements initially form and evolve, how and why people decide to act.As a side project to my studies, I am currently a research assistant under the supervision of Constance Crompton for the Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada project.”

Elodie Song

Elodie Song

“My main research area falls in Global Learning Organization (GLO) and online trust building. I am currently focusing on how global e-learning community members can build trust in order to construct a social identity, in particular, global citizenship based on cosmopolitanism. In this approach, cosmopolitanism based on human equality and diversity provides an ethical foundation for trust building in an intercultural e-learning environment. I aim to explore whether this synergistic relationship between cosmopolitanism and the collaborative nature of e-learning can activate interpersonal relationship amongst culturally diverse members. I believe that such a project, promoting a global citizen identity, is urgently needed for humanity in the future.”

Eric Paulhus

Éric Paulhus

“My research is about the usage made by the Innu people of radio stations, on their reserves, with regards to language stabilization and of their culture. Be it in socio-economical markets where they are the majority or the minority, but exposed nonetheless to the settlers’ culture, I take interest in knowing the impact an Innu-language radio has on its populations’ usage on a daily basis and not only during special events (Indigenous games or Pow Wows, for example). Having worked in the field of broadcasting for close to 20 years (radio and television), I have a special liking for the radio, a medium that is, like are Indigenous cultures, the best way to transmit educational materials orally. My anthropological research interests and my love of radio converged for this thesis that, even before its’ terrain-study portion began, has been a passion of mine for some years. Adding to the fact that I am a doctoral candidate, I have also given a conference about the Indigenous narrative, I have an article being approved for publication and work both as a T.A. at the University of Ottawa and as a part-time teacher at UQO.”

Rodrigues Rouleau

Philippe Rodrigues-Rouleau

“My research interests revolve around journalism and media reception studies. I am particularly interested in journalistic practices and its contents, as well as in the sociology of journalism and in international journalism. I am currently an editorial assistant for The Canadian Journal of Media Studies, an online peer-reviewed journal edited by professor Philippe Ross. I have previously worked as a research assistant for the Groupe de recherche sur les mutations du journalisme (GRMJ) (2009-2012) at Université Laval and for the Centre d’études sur les médias (2015-2016). During those years as a research assistant, I took part in projects about: the adaptation of public service media to digital technologies; the interaction between media reporters and actors from the judicial world; the media coverage of the 2015 Canadian federal election by CBC/Radio-Canada; the evolution of advertising in the Montreal-based newspaper Le Devoir; the evolution of TV news bulletins in Québec from the sixties until now.”


Jennifer Dumoulin

“My dissertation research focuses on the use of monsters as metaphors in science fiction, in fantasy literature and in graphic novels to discuss the lived experience of people living with HIV/AIDS. Outside of my dissertation, I'm also interested in the creation and maintenance online communities and collective identities through the use of social media.” said Jennifer Dumoulin.






Diane Riddell

“My main research interests lie in the area of stress and technostress as they impact on public relations and communications practitionersInformation and communication technologies have both facilitated and constrained work-life balance as work spills over into private life. I experienced this first-hand as a public relations practitioner for many years. I am interested in better understanding how practitioners make sense of their technostress experience in relation to ICTs. I have worked as a teaching assistant and research assistant and am currently a part-time professor in the Department.”






Marie Dominique Antoine


"Informed decision-making in autism. My doctoral study aims to better understand how and to what extent families are equipped to make informed decisions, particularly with regard to treatment options and support options in the case of a diagnosis of autism in children. The study will, therefore, make it possible to identify the information and resources available to families of children with autism, as well as the underlying modes of communication."







Diane Riddell

Diane Riddell


“My research focuses on public relations/communication practitioners’ experience with information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as smartphones, computers, laptops and tablets in relation to their work. I am particularly interested in how this experience impacts on the balance between practitioners’ public and private lives, the ways in which ICTs have both facilitated and constrained work-life balance, what strategies practitioners use to resist or otherwise emancipate themselves in this situation, and what the implications are for practitioners and the practice of public relations/communications.”








Xixuan Zhao

Zixuan Zhao

"My research interest is the issue of cultural self-identification and politicization recognition in Arab Canadian cinematographic products. I am particularly interested in how those filmmakers reconcile with their multiple layers of the cultural identity of being Arab and Canadian at the same time. That's to say, do they show a specific preference towards one of the identities? Why?

Outside my dissertation, I am also interested in the evolvement of transnational films and series in various countries or regions—especially in Asian regions—with the advent of streaming platforms, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+."




William Durbau , Photo credit : Simon Gauthier


"My main research interests are communication in the arts and media study of the arts, in a critical perspective. My doctoral research focuses on the concept of gamification in contemporary artistic practices, particularly in theatre. More specifically, I am interested in theatre practices where the audience member becomes a player in the show, rather than contemplating it. I am interrogating the possibility to broaden our understanding of gamification, what it enables in terms of contemporary art analysis, and its capacity to nourish the theory of mediating conjunctures. I favor an intermedial approach, close to my background as a practitioner. In parallel to my doctoral studies, I am working as a research assistant for professor Ivan Ivanov (PhD, University of Ottawa) on a project about the digitalization of Public Relations practices. I also pursue a career in theatre since 2014. "







Louise Stahl


Central to my research is the body as a surface of inscriptions by the symbolic systems, a semantic vector, and an agent of resistance. I am interested in the process of codification and of giving symbolic meaning to the body, or its organs, by instances of power, according to the concordance of its morphology with an ideal model conveyed by traditional and emerging media. The case I am exploring is the “tuberous breasts”, a congenital morphological abnormality that affects the shape of the breasts. I am working to reveal the codification of this atypical morphology by research on plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery and pornography, as well as initiatives aimed at resisting it, including those that are part of the Body positivity movement in the social media.









Post Doctoral Students 

Anna Sendra Toset

Anna Sendra Toset

“My research interests focuses on analysing the processes of health communication in social media, and on how digital health affects the relationship between patients and providers. I'm particularly interested in the study of interpersonal communication in noncommunicable diseases and in the design of health interventions from the perspective of health communication. I'm currently working in the project Integrated Parkinson Care Networks: addressing complex care in Parkinson disease in contemporary society (iCARE-PD), a multidisciplinary study that uses a patient-centred approach to design a new care model for Parkinson sufferers.“

Students Committees



The Communication Students' Association (CSA) is a non-profit organization that represents over 1500 undergraduate students enrolled in the department of Communications at the University of Ottawa. Here to enhance your student experience, CSA is our undergraduate student association. Visit our web page or Facebook page to find out more information about our activities.





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