Christopher Cwynar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Program: Communication Studies

Phone: 419-783-2568


Chris Cwynar


Networked digital media, media history, radio and aural media, rhetorical criticism, publics and the public sphere, media and cultural studies, popular music


On Thin Ice: Hockey Night in Canada and the Future of Public Service Television in the Networked Digital Media Paradigm, International Communication Gazette, 79 (2), 2017, pp. 135-147.

NPR Music: Remediation, Curation, and National Public Radio in the Digital Convergence Era, Media, Culture & Society, 39 (5), 2017, pp. 680-696.

More Than a 'VCR for Radio'? The CBC, the Radio 3 Podcast, and the Uses of an Emerging Medium, Journal of Radio and Audio Media, 22 (2), 2015, pp. 190-199.

Unbuttoning NPR: Assessing the Music at the Margins of All Things Considered, The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media, 13 (1 & 2), 2015, pp. 89-104.

Yik Yak, in Appified: Culture in the Age of Apps, ed. Jeremy Morris and Sarah Murray. University of Michigan Press, 2018 (forthcoming 2018) with Tamara Shepherd.

The Canadian Sitcom and the Fantasy of National Difference: Little Mosque on the Prairie and English-Canadian National Identity. In Borderlands and Breaking Points: Tension Across the 49 h Parallel, ed. Kyle Conway and Timothy Pasch. McGill-Queens University Press, 2013, pp. 51-89.


Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2011-2013
Beaverbrook Media@McGill Prize for Best Student Paper, Canadian Communication Association, 2011
Stephen P. Jarchow Digital Archive Fellowship, 2010
Pearce Award for Research and Academic Excellence, Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin, 2010


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (2017)
M.A., University of Western Ontario (2010)
B.A., Mount Allison University (2003)