Faculty & Staff

Lisa Lynch

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Associate Professor

Phone: 514-848-2424, ext. 2466

Office number: CJ- 4.213

E-mail: lisa.lynch@concordia.ca

Website: lisalynch.org


On sabbatical from July 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014


  • BA, English, Stanford University
  • M.J., University of California at Berkeley
  • Ph.D., American Literature, Rutgers

Journalism Background

Worked from 1987-1992 as a magazine and newspaper journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area and then in Pennsylvania, writing on science and cultural affairs.  Since beginning her academic career, Dr. Lynch has written about the prison system, Guantanamo, and nuclear policy for both academic and popular publications.

Areas of Research Interest


Dr. Lynch works broadly at the intersection between culture, technology, and political change, publishing, presenting and teaching her research in the fields of new media, global media flows, visual culture and human rights. From 2004-2006, she was the director, along with Elena Razlogova (now Assistant Professor of History at Concordia) of the Guantanamobile Project, a multimedia documentary about the U.S. detention of prisoners at Guantanamo. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from Journalism Practice and New Literary History to Open Democracy and The Arab Studies Journal. She is currently at work on two book projects; one on the representation of the post-cold war nuclear threat in film, museums and the visual arts, and another on the ever-increasing boundary skirmishes between traditional, institutional sites of facticity and newer, contingent sites of authority. In 2012-2013, she has three concurrent research projects: a SSHRC-funded investigation into the way in which Canadian Newspapers understand Internet governance, and a Grand/NCE funded project on the archiving of born-digital news materials.

Courses Taught

Fall 2012

  • JOUR 202 - Digital Tools for Journalists
  • JOUR 610 - International Journalism (Masters)
  • Winter 2013

  • JOUR 443 - International Journalism
  • JOUR 318 - Online Magazine (Diploma)
  • Research and Writing

    Selected Book Chapters

    • “The Leak Heard Round The World: Cablegate and Media Globalization” in Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for Journalism, Politics and Society, Palgrave, forthcoming 2012.
    • ”'Oh Wikileaks, I would so love to RT you:' Wikileaks, Twitter and Information Activism'” in Twitter Revolutions, Peter Lang, forthcoming 2013.
    • “Social Media.” In The New Journalism, Toronto, Edmond Montgomery, forthcoming 2010.
    • “Journalism” (with Sandra Gabriele), in Intersections of Media and Communication, Edmond Montgomery, May 2011.

    Selected Journal Articles

    • “That's Not Leaking, It's Pure Editorial: Wikileaks and Narratives About Journalistic Expertise,” Canadian Journal of Media Studies, Special Issue on Expertise, Fall 2012.
    • “Cablegate In The Congo: Mapping the digital trail of Wikileaks cables about the 'forgotten' DRC.” Radical History Review, forthcoming Spring 2013.
    • “Don’t Wanna Be Radiated: Documentary Film and the Evolving Rhetoric of Nuclear Activism,” American Literature, December 2011.
    • “Call Me, Love Your Wife: Wikileaks and the Collective Remembering of 9/11,” Global Media Journal, September 2011.
    • ““We’re Going to Crack the World Open”: Wikileaks and the future of investigative reporting," Journalism Practice, August 2010.
    • “Culturing The Pleebland: The Idea of The Public in Genetic Artwork.” Literature and Medicine, Spring 2007.
    • “The Guantanamobile Project.” Interactive web-based documentation of the detention situation in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology In A Dynamic Vernacular, September 2005.
    • “Strange Germs and Hopeful Monsters: Alexander Laing's 1930s American Biotechnology Tales.” New Literary History, vol. 36 no 22, Spring 2005.

    Selected Presentations

    • “Nuclear power hazard in the age of green nuclear energy,” Nuclear Interest Research Group SSHRC Symposium, April 2012.
    • “‘Secrecy, Surveillance, Transparency" Visible Evidence, New York, August 2011.
    • “The Neverending Story: Wikileaks and Media Futures,” Invited Special Session, International Communications Association, July 2011.
    • “Please RT@Wikileaks;” Altering Information flows via Twitter,” International Communications Association, Boston, May 2011.
    • “‘As I Photograph the Night Sky, the Other Night Sky Photographs Back,’" Society For Cinema and Media Studies, New Orleans, March 2011.
    • “Falling Out With Green Nukes: Reproduction, Scarcity and the Rhetoric of Nuclear Energy,” American Studies Association, November 2009.
    • “We’re Going to Crack the World Open:” Wikileaks and the Future of Investigative Journalism, Future of Journalism conference, September 2009.
    • “American Hibakusha: Radiation Documentaries and American Atomic Amnesia,” Modern Language Association, December 2006.
    • “The G Word: American Media Coverage of Guantanamo and the “Gulag” Backlash,” American Studies Association, October 2006.

    Selected Awards/Fellowships

    • SSHRC INSIGHT DEVELOPMENT GRANT, Primary Investigator, “More Than A Medium,” 2011-2014.
    • GRAND NCE Grant, Collaborating Researcher, Digital Labor and NEWS groups, 2010-2013.
    • Concordia University Seed Grant, “Cracking The World Open,” 2011-2012.
    • Seed Grant, Concordia University, for The Digital Newsroom Project, 2009-2010
    • NEH Summer Seminar, Summer 2005, “Human Rights and Globalization,” Columbia University.
    • Folger Institute Fellow, 2003-2004, Technologies of the Literal. Year- long faculty seminar; presented research comparing Vesalian anatomy with genetic portraiture.

    Other Writing/Other Professional Activities

    • Social media expert on four-person ombudsman-appointed review panel for objectivity in 2011 election coverage, CBC
    • Guest on NPR “All Things Considered,” March 29, 2011, to discuss research on cultural expressions of nuclear anxiety. 
    • Guest on CBC News, Dec 7, 2010 to discuss Wikileaks.
    • Interviewed by The New York Times and major Canadian, European and Asian newspapers regarding research on Wikileaks.
    • The G Word: Guantanamo, the "Gulag" Backlash, and the Language of the Human Rights,” Politics and Culture (special issue edited by Amitava Kumar and Michael Ryan), February 2007.
    • The United States’ Nuclear Fix,” OpenDemocracy, Jan 23, 2006.


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