Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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​Jeff Brison
Acting Director, Cultural Studies
Associate Professor, Department of History
​Mackintosh-Corry B127

An active supporter of the Cultural Studies Program, Jeffrey has supervised many students at the Masters and Doctoral levels in Cultural Studies since its founding. He is author of Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Canada: American Philanthropy and the Arts and Letters in Canada, an exploration of the impact of American wealth on culture in Canada. His present work explores the role philanthropic foundations played in fostering extra-national intellectual and cultural networks of power in the north Atlantic world. A former Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of History and Deputy-Senior Editor with McGill-Queen’s University Press, he is a founding member of the Queen’s-based research collective, Public Diplomacy and the Economy of Culture (PDEC).  As this year’s Program Co-ordinator, Jeff is looking forward to receiving student input on content for CUST Speaks Series and to fully support students in navigating their way through the program and the discipline. Learn more about Jeff here.


Susan Lord (on leave)

I am a Professor in the Department of Film and Media at Queen's University, cross appointed to the Departments of Art and Gender Studies, and currently serving as the Director of the Graduate Program in Cultural Studies. I am Director of the Vulnerable Media Lab.

My research interests have landed in the areas of cinema and media arts, cosmopolitanism, gendered spaces and the city, and Cuban cinema and visual culture. I have undertaken curatorial projects of media arts and worked with artists’ groups and artist-run centres for over 30 years. With a background in feminist and critical theory, my research has been dedicated to the histories of vulnerable media and in the remediation of these histories through curatorial and cultural events. These projects are necessarily collaborative, engaging with other researchers, cultural producers, policy and social actors to advance citizenship practices, expand the civic spaces, and decolonize the lands on which we live and work. Theories of publicity, temporality and affect are of ongoing concern. To this end, I am Director of the CFI-awarded Vulnerable Media Lab (, a new collaborative research project (with Dylan Robinson and Rosaleen Hill) dedicated to the social ecology of media arts collectives and collections, and to the preservation, migration and remediation of media arts archives by women, Indigenous peoples, and local groups. Directly linked to the VML is my involvement as a co-applicant on a partnership project entitled Archive/Counter Archive, headed by Dr. Janine Marchessault at York University. I am a member of the editorial board of PUBLIC. Recent special issues include: Archive/Counter Archives  and Havana (  A book on the Afro-Cuban filmmaker Sara Gómez is forthcoming in 2019 from University of Indiana Press. Other books include one on the visual culture of gender and violence-- Killing Women: Gender, Violence and Representation (with Annette Burfoot) Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006; and a collaborative project on the global 1960s, New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness (with K. Dubinsky, C. Krull, S. Mills, S. Rutherford) Between the Lines Press, 2009.

Carrie Miles

Carrie Miles
Graduate and Administrative Assistant
Mackintosh-Corry Hall B137
​+1 613 533 6000 x 33432

Carrie is the Graduate Assistant for the Cultural Studies Program. She manages the administration of the program and is available to students and faculty Monday-Thursday from 9am-3pm.


Jen Powell

Jen Powell
Communications, Recruitment, Admissions and Records Assistant
Mackintosh-Corry Hall B127


Scott Rutherford

Scott Rutherford
Acting Program Coordinator
Mackintosh-Corry Hall A415
+1 613-533-3310

Scott is an adjunct assistant professor in Global Development Studies, and has taught in Cultural Studies since 2015. He is currently serving as the co-coordinator of the Studies in National and International Development (SNID) seminar series, and is the acting Program Coordinator in Cultural Studies

Scott is a historian of twentieth century Canada and social movements in a transnational context. His research considers how people have used grassroots transnational movements to imagine and enacted new understandings and approaches to social transformation in late twentieth century Canada. He has co-edited New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness (Between the Lines, 2009) and Canada and the Third World: Overlapping Histories (University of Toronto Higher Education Press, 2015). He has published articles in Race and Class and American Indian Quarterly.


Steering Committee

To contact the Steering Committee, please email

Jacqueline Davies
Faculty Co-Chair Steering Committee
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
Watson Hall 327 

Jackie is an Associate Professor, with a Continuing Adjunct appointment in Philosophy, a cross-appointment in Gender Studies, and Cultural Studies affiliation. She is the mother of an adult daughter, member of Queen’s Senate and recipient of the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. Community engagement and interdisciplinarity have been constants throughout her career. Activism related to remembering the lives of incarcerated women in Canada is an increasingly pressing interest. Jackie’s current research and senior seminar explore discourses of sexual exploitation. She has taught intro philosophy for many years. The epistemology of ignorance in the modern “West” is an important theme of her work, reflecting childhood immigration to Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territories and years of ignorance about where she landed. Other teaching and research includes Levinasian ethics, feminist thought, the philosophy of gender, sex and love, Jewish philosophy, narrative reasoning and informal logic. Jackie is happy for the chance to work closely with members of the Cultural Studies community as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee.

​Jamie McKenzie-Naish
Student Co-Chair Steering Committee
PhD Student, Cultural Studies
Mackintosh-Corry B129

For all other inquiries please email:

Cultural Studies Program Office
​B176 Mackintosh-Corry Hall [campus map]
Queen's University
Kingston, ON
Canada K7L 3N6

Telephone: +1 613 533 3432

Office Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fridays by appointment only
Please note the office is closed for lunch from 12:00-1:00 p.m.