Mél Hogan

I am the Director of the Environmental Media Lab and an Associate Professor in Communication, Media and Film at the University of Calgary.

Before this, I held a tenure-track  position at the Illinois Institute of Technology (now Illinois Tech), in Chicago. Prior to that, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Curation at the University of Colorado-Boulder. And before that, grad school at Concordia University, in Montréal: a grad media production diploma, an MA in Media Studies and a PhD in Coms. My undergrad was at Acadia University, in NS, followed by a Graphic Design program at Algonquin college. 

Since 2012, my research has been on server farms and data centers – their social implications and environmental impacts. I’m currently preparing an exhibit on critical data center art for the EML, as part of a larger project on the Data Center Industrial Complex.

I’m also currently focusing on/shifting my attention to the intersection of genomics as it pertains to data storage imaginaries. I am a PI for a SSHRC IDG project (2018-2021) about genomics in the cloud and data storage onto synthetic DNA. 

My work has been published in journals like Ephemera, First Monday, Television and New Media, Big Data and Society, Culture Machine, and the Canadian Journal of Communication among others.

I am an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Communication (CJC, 2019-2021), and on the ASPP Publications Committee (Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences that runs the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program).


Crystal Chokshi  – Smart Compose and critical algorithm studies

Sean RM Willett (completed 2019) – online gaming network infrastructure 
Tessa Brown – neoliberalism and apps for genomics
Drew Thomas – critical engagements within settler archives

Editorial & Board Duties

2023 ASPP Publications Committee (Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences that runs the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program) (since 2020)
2021 CJC Associate Editor (since 2019)
2019 CCA Board Secretary (2016-2019)
2019 Editorial board  “Media, Art, Politics” at Leiden University Press book series (since 2018)
2019 Co-Editor of (since 2009)


2019 CIH Interdisciplinary Working Group: Genomics and Bioinformatics

2018 (PI) SSHRC IDG “Storing Genomic Data: New Media-Historical Contexts for “Coding Life”” 

2018 CIH Interdisciplinary Working Group: Genomics, Bioinformatics and the Climate Crisis (started 2017)

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


Associate Professor of Environmental Media, CMF, University of Calgary (2020, T-T from 2016-2019)

T-T 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 Activism

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)