Mél Hogan

I am an Assistant Professor 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. I am a PI for a SSHRC IDG project (2018-2020) about storing genomic data in the cloud. I am also the Canadian Communication Association Board Secretary (2016-2019), a founding co-member of the Genomics, Bioinformatics and the Climate Crisis working group at the Calgary Centre for the Humanities, and on the editorial board of Leiden University Press for the book series: “Media, Art, Politics”


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 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) 

Board Duties

2019 CCA Board Secretary (since 2016)

2018 Editorial board board of the book series on “Media, Art, Politics” at Leiden University Press


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.