Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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Jeff Brison
Program Coordinator (on leave)
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
Program Director, Cultural Studies

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 (on leave)

Amanda White
Acting Program Coordinator, Cultural Studies

I received my PhD from the Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies Program at Queen’s in 2018. My doctoral research-creation project Talking Plant was concerned with visualizing more than human worlds, symbiosis and possible ecological futures by looking at plant-human relationships through cultural production. This work consisted of a series of major and minor studio projects in combination with theoretical analysis. Previous to my time at Queen’s, I earned a studio MFA from the University of Windsor and BFA from OCADU. Before graduate school, I supported my practice for over a decade working in theatre as a scenic artist.


My academic research, studio practice and collaborative efforts are broadly situated at the intersection of art, culture and environment and focused on alternatives to the dominant visualizations of the environmental. As a visual artist and scholar, my work involves research and interdisciplinary, studio-art based approaches, rooted in the arts but participating in a number of fields including science and technology studies, environmental studies, as well as emerging interdisciplinary conversations around planetary crisis and climate change such as the Environmental Humanities.


To date, I have exhibited and published my work across disciplines with support from SSHRC, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council, among others. I have several current studio-based works in progress and upcoming exhibitions, as well as a co-edited book project titled Making (Eco)logical; Locating the Arts in the Environmental Humanities in Canada. I am a member of the board of directors at YYZ artists outlet, and a sessional lecturer at McMaster University (School of the Arts), the University of Toronto (John H. Daniels Faculty of Landscape, Architecture and Design) as well as Affiliated Faculty in CUST, where I look forward to serving as Acting Program Coordinator.


More info:

Steering Committee

To contact the Steering Committee, please email

habibe burcu baba
Faculty Co-Chair Steering Committee

Anthony Lomax​
Student Co-Chair Steering Committee
PhD Student, Cultural Studies

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.