melhoganMél Hogan

I am an Assistant Prof. of Environmental Media in the Communication, Media and Film Department at the University of Calgary.

My research is on server farms and data centers – their social implications and environmental impacts. Lately, I’m focusing on the intersection of biology (DNA) and technology as it pertains to data storage (also as part of the CIH Interdisciplinary Working Group “Genomics, Bioinformatics and the Climate Crisis“). 


Currently: Assistant Professor of Environmental Media, CMF, University of Calgary

Assistant Professor of Communication, Humanities, IIT, Chicago (2014-2016)

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Curation, University of Colorado – Boulder (2012–2014)

Joint PhD in Communication
Concordia University (2008–2012)
/ Doctoral Thesis Accelerator Award, Concordia University (2011-2012)
/ Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship (2008-2011)
/ Concordia University Graduate Fellowship (2008-2010)

Masters in Media Studies
Concordia University (2005–2007)
/ J.W. McConnell Memorial Graduate Fellowship (2006-2007)
/ Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada Graduate Scholarship) (2006-2007)

Graduate Production Diploma in Communication Studies
Concordia University (2004–2005)
/ Donald Boisvert Scholarship for Gay and Lesbian Activis

Graphic Design Professional Training Program
Algonquin College (2001)

Bachelors in Sociology
Acadia University (1996–1999, with Honours)
/ BA Exchange Programme, Sunderland University, England (1998–1999) 


2017 CIH Interdisciplinary Working Group: Genomics, Bioinformatics and the Climate Crisis

2017 (PI) Data Centers and Northern Technological Imaginaries: The Node Pole (Sweden) as Case Study, U of C Seed Funding.

2016 (co-applicant) SSHRC Connection Grant application: “Developing feminist digital research methods”. Hosted jointly by the York University, University of Calgary, and McMaster University, with significant additional contributions by Carleton University and UQAM.