Dr. Jeremy Shtern

Associate Professor
416-979-5000 ext. 3301

Full member of Ryerson's Yeates School of Graduate Studies and thereby authorized to evaluate and supervise graduate student projects and theses.

Ryerson Graduate Program Director: The York/Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture

Director: The Global Communication Governance Lab

Working Languages: English, Français


* PhD, Université de Montréal, Communication, (Montréal, CA), 2010.

* MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Media@LSE; in New Media, Information & Society, (London, UK), 2002.

* BA(hons.), Queen’s University, Film Studies, (Kingston, CA), 2001.

Research Interests

  • Communication policy;
  • Digital technologies;
  • Globalization and communication;
  • Creative work;
  • Social media advertising;
  • Internet governance;
  • Communication rights and the right to communicate;
  • Regulation and political economy of Canadian media and creative industries.

Current Research Projects

*Earned Media Influence: Understanding the Affect Economy of Bloggers’ Relations with the New Advertising Industry (Funded by the Canadian Media Research Consortium, 2014-2016): Examines the economy, work and impact of professional social media influence.

*The Interactor Commodity: Social Media, User Generated Content, Audiences and Advertising (Funded by SSHRC, 2011-2014): Examines the relationships between internet users, social media platforms and the advertising industry.

*Networks of Exclusion: The Mediation of Cultural Diversity in Ontario's Screen Media Production Industry (Funded by SSHRC, 2011-2014, Charles Davis is Principal Investigator): Asks who gets to tell which stories in the Candian media and why?

*How Effective is Targeted Internet Strategic Communication? Developing a Method for Auditing User Engagement with Social Media Advertising Using Eye-Tracking Technology (Funded by Ryerson Faculty of Communication and Design, 2014-2015) Examines the extent to which individual social media users interact with commercial messages.

Biography Statement

Jeremy Shtern is associate professor and a founding faculty member in the School of Creative Industries at Ryerson University. Dr. Shtern’s research and teaching focuses on transformations in the structure and governance of communication industries and creative work as they reorganize around globalization and digital technologies.

Among other contributions, he is co-author of two books: Media Divides: Communication Rights and the Right to Communicate in Canada and Digital Solidarities: Communication Policy and Multi-stakeholder Global Governance The Legacy of the World Summit on the Information Society. 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 Ryerson and provides opportunities for its students. Since completing his SSHRC and FRQSC 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 Ryerson and is also the founding editor of Canadian Journal of Communication’s Policy Portal; a project that aims to innovate the academic publishing model and increase the impact of Canadian communications research by providing a venue for publishing peer-reviewed, quickly published writing on Canadian communication policy issues.  Jeremy has served as the co-chair of the communication policy task force of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) since 2011 and just completed a term on the executive board of the Canadian Communication Association (CCA) in the summer of 2015. Dr. Shtern 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/Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture

 Recent Courses Taught

*CRI 100: Creative Industries Overview *CC 8849: Special Topics in Politics and Policy: Social Media Advertising *CRI 200: Intellectual Property in the Digital Age *CC 8902: Graduate Research Methods Workshop 
*CRI 560: Topics in Creative Industries- Social media advertising: Data targeted innovation and the future of media

Selected Recent Research Contributions


Raboy, M. & Shtern, J. (2010). Media Divides: Communication Rights and the Right to Communicate in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Raboy, M.; Landry, N. & Shtern, J. (2010). Digital Solidarities, Communication Policy and Multi-Stakeholder Global Governance: The Legacy of the World Summit on the Information Society. New York: Peter Lang.

-Book Chapters & Journal Articles-

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. 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. Gothenburg: Nordicom. pp. 239-254.

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

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”. The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge & Society 2(3). pp. 173-179.

-Edited Volumes-

Ross, P. & Shtern, J. (eds.) (2014). TEM 2013: Conference Proceedings of the 2nd Meeting of the Canadian Communication Association’s Technology and Emerging Media Track. Edited, peer-reviewed online conference proceedings.

-Research Reports-

Davis, C.; Shtern, J. & DeSilva, P. (2012). “Roundtable on Cultural Diversity in the Toronto Screen Media Production Industry: Report and Action Plan”. Knowledge mobilization report.