Executive Profiles

The 2016-2017 CGC Executive Team

The CGC is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Executive Team.


nadiaPresident: Nadia Hai

Nadia Hai is a PhD candidate in Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. Her current research area of interest is how insurgent groups like al Qaeda and ISIS promote their cause to Western audiences through their online English-language texts. She completed both a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society and Masters’ degree in Culture and Society at the University of Calgary. Her Master’s thesis, The Rhetoric of Terrorism: A Rhetorical analysis of Inspire Magazine examined how Al Qaeda promoted their cause to Western audiences through their English-language magazine, Inspire.


Vice President: Bethany Berard

Bethany Berard researches the intersections of visual and political communication. Broadly interested in the “visual turn” in contemporary society her research focuses on how images are used in public presentation of policy initiatives to determine if they are an effective method for engaging and informing the public. Additional research interests include theories of the public sphere and democracy, multiculturalism and law in Canada, and an emerging interest in material culture and the relationship between art and technology. Bethany’s most effective method of communication is gif, and has yet to find a television show as wonderful as The West Wing, not for lack of trying.


melodieConference Co-Chair: Melodie Cardin

Melodie Cardin is a PhD student in Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication. Her research focuses on women’s health and reproduction, studying how common discourses about women’s health affect knowledge and decision-making. She has an M.A. in Communication and Social Justice from the University of Windsor, where her MRP focused on the integration of midwifery into the Ontario hospital system. She also spent six years working in communication and event planning in Ottawa for such organizations as the European Research Area and Canada project and the ByWard Market BIA, and has a Bachelor of Journalism, also from Carleton. Melodie has embraced some very nerdy pastimes: cooking, painting, playing board games with friends, and cuddling with her cat, Magneto.


antonellaConference Co-Chair: Antonella Pucci

Antonella Pucci of Ottawa, born and raised, completed her B.A Honours in Communication Studies with a Concentration in Image, Politics and Persuasion and a Minor in Canadian Studies at Carleton University. She is interested in a range of health communication topics related to outbreak narratives, health panics and disease marketing. Her honours research focused on critically deconstructing embodied gendered identity within the Movember men’s health campaign. Currently, vaccines have pierced Antonella’s fascination. For her Master’s thesis, she is conducting research on how public health discourses and moral regulations are played out in non-fictional media narratives about anti-vaxxer folk devils in health panics. When not buried in school work, Antonella enjoys being actively involved with the communities on-campus, meeting new people and taking occasional catnaps.


gabriela2Communications Co-Chair: Gabriela Capurro

Gabriela Capurro is a PhD candidate in Communication at Carleton University. She currently holds a SSHRC doctoral award. Her research interests include risk and health communication –particularly outbreak discourses related to viral and bacterial infections, and research methods in Communication. Gabriela has a M.A. in Journalism Studies from Concordia University and a B.A. in Communication and Journalism from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. She worked as researcher at the Concordia Science Journalism Project where she focused on public perception of new technologies, specifically genomics applied to the production of advanced biofuels. She has also worked for Agence France-Presse in Montevideo (Uruguay) as editor, translator and foreign correspondent.


joshCommunications Co-Chair: Josh Horton

Josh Horton comes to Ottawa from Sydney, Nova Scotia, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communication at Cape Breton University. Josh’s research interests involve social media, communication technologies, the publishing industry, politics, and issues affecting the LGBTQ community. His thesis research involves identity formation in young adult novels with transgender characters. In his free time, Josh enjoys drinking tea or coffee and reading past his bedtime. He also runs a blog called Queering the Mainstream, where he writes about LGBTQ issues and book reviews.


maddieSocial Chair: Maddie Williams

Maddie Williams comes from the small town of Beamsville, Ontario. She completed her undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in Communication Studies, with a minor in Psychology. Her areas of interest in communication focus around critical advertising studies, visual culture and social media. Madison is planning to research faith-based non-profit organizations and social media marketing, focusing on evangelical Christian campus-based groups. In her free time, she enjoys thrift shopping, singing a cappella, and eating sushi.



annaGSA Representative: Anna Shah Hoque

Anna Shah Hoque holds a B.A. Combined Honours in Canadian Studies and Communication Studies with a Minor in Sexuality Studies from Carleton University. Broadly, her research interests include race, gender, identity, public memory, national institutions, and decolonization. Her current focus is on examining the remediating of Indigenous identities in conversation with/outside of settler narratives. In her leisure time, she sources out independent coffee shops to test out how they treat the bean and contemplate finding the perfect cuppa outside of a Bridgehead.

simonGSA Representative: Simon Vodrey

Simon Vodrey holds a Master’s degree in Communication from Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication and is currently a doctoral candidate at that same institution. His research interests include the historical development of professional journalism, political marketing, polling and market research, the shifting patterns and traffic flows of influence in the political, commercial and civil society arenas, and also crisis communication — be it executed poorly or masterfully. Simon is also an automotive aficionado, a history buff, a lousy skateboarder and an even worse surfer.


haileyFirst Year MA Representative: Hailey Ren

Hailey (Heyin) holds a B.A. in International Journalism from Shantou University, China. As a 1st year MA student at Carleton, she plans to examine the issues of private ownership of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in cloud computing in Asia-Pacific region. She is also the student representative for Asian American Journalists Association – Asia Chapter (AAJA-Asia) and had internships in both Financial Times Chinese website and Fujian Benz Automobile Ltd. When she is not pretending to be a nerd, she enjoys singing along with rap music, hiking, and watching political comedy shows hosted by Stephen Colbert and John Oliver.


joanneMember-At-Large: Joanne Farrell

Joanne is currently a PhD student in Communications at Carleton. She holds an MA from Queen’s in Gender Studies, and a combined BA (hons) from UBC in Psychology and Gender Studies. Her current research looks at how personal narrative, visual autobiography, trauma, and identity building intersects with systemic cultures of violence in an online context. This involves looking at not only how individuals choose to tell their own stories of trauma online, but how, for victims of violence, these stories can be picked up, manipulated and used for political purposes by various stakeholders. Joanne is the mother of two boys (and a puppy). She is lover of cartoons, plays a pretty mean game of Texas Holdem, and is an avid video game player and reader of science fiction, French philosophy and queer theory.


scottMember-At-Large: Scott Mitchell

A former newspaper columnist and writer, blogger, and cartoonist with Maclean’s magazine, Scott Mitchell is a PhD student in Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. After completing a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and then a Master of Science with research in bioinformatics, Scott decided to focus his research interests on the public communication of science, risk communication, social and digital media platforms, and visual culture. His current research is examining how contagious diseases such as Ebola are visually constructed across news, social, and entertainment media, and how this may impact public health responses. When he’s not boring people with lengthy descriptions of his research interests, Scott enjoys making illustrations, infographics, and animations that are also related to his research interests.

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