Mél Hogan

I am the Director of the new Environmental Media Lab at the University of Calgary.

I am an Assistant Professor 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 genomics as it pertains to data storage and data imaginaries. I am a PI for a SSHRC IDG project (2018-2020) about genomics in the cloud.

With Gwen Blue, I am a founding co-member of the CIH Environmental Humanities Working group “Genomics and Bioinformatics”. I am an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Communication (CJC, 2019-2021), and on the editorial board of Leiden University Press for the book series: “Media, Art, Politics”


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

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) 

Editorial & Board Duties

2021 CJC Associate Editor (since 2019)

2019 CCA Board Secretary (since 2016)

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.