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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
September 19, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Sue Ferguson

Associate Professor, Digital Media and Journalism

Contact Information
Phone: (519) 756-8228 ext.5809

Office Location: Odeon 103
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 3-4 or by appointment
Languages Spoken


Academic Background
Ph.D. York University, Political Science, 1996
M.A. York University, Political Science, Toronto, 1988
B.A.H. Queen's University, Political Science, 1986
B.A. Queen's University, History, 1983

Since joining Laurier Brantford in 2005, Dr. Ferguson has taught in the Journalism and Contemporary Studies programs, and is currently Coordinator of the Journalism program.

She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from York University and has close to two decades of experience in Canada’s magazine industry. As senior writer and associate editor at Maclean’s, she covered a wide variety of issues, with stories ranging from the conditions of Ontario’s migrant labour force and innovations in elementary education to contemporary dance performance and the science of dreams.

More recently, she has written on the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment campaign against Israel for This magazine, and contributed to the Canadian Journalism portal, as a section editor and columnist.

The focus of Dr. Ferguson’s scholarly work has shifted over the years from feminist theory and political economy to the politics and theory of culture and communication. Her current research focuses on: media, public discourse and democracy; political discourse and journalism on Israel-Palestine; childhood culture and commodification; and children’s media and education.

Additional Information

Journalism Publications

Tear Down That Wall, THIS Magazine, September/October 2007.

• An Iconic Plague:

• Politicians Setting News Agenda, Not Journalists

• Kids: What’s a journalist to do? 

• Many of Dr. Ferguson’s Maclean’s articles are available on

Scholarly Publications

Ferguson, S. 2008. The Great Quest. After the Fact: Elements of Feature Writing for Canadian Journalists. Ivor Shapiro (ed.), Emond Montgomery Publications, pp.55-76.

Ferguson, S. 2008.
Canadian Contributions to Social Reproduction Feminism, Race and Embodied Labor. Race, Gender and Class, pp.42-57.

Ferguson, S. 2007.
Locking Out the Mother Corp: Nationalism and the Mainstream Vision of Public Service Broadcasting. Canadian Journal of Communication 32:2. pp.181-200.

Ferguson, S. 2003.
The Radical Liberalism of Mary Wollstonecraft’s Feminism. Political Theory: Classic and Contemporary Readings Vol. 2, 2nd ed. Joseph Losco and Leonard Williams (eds.), Los Angeles: Roxbury Publishing.

Ferguson, S. 2000. Gender, Globalization and Restructuring. Restructuring and
Resistance: Canadian Public Policy in an Age of Global Capitalism, ed. Mike Burke, Colin Mooers, John Shields (Halifax: Fernwood Books), pp.276-86.

Ferguson, S. 1999. Building on the Strengths of the Socialist Feminist Tradition. New Politics VII:2 (Winter), pp.89-100.

Ferguson, S. 1999.
Building on the Strengths of the Socialist Feminist Tradition. Critical Sociology 25, pp.1-15.

Ferguson, S. 1999. The Radical Liberalism of Mary Wollstonecraft’s Feminism. Canadian Journal of Political Science XXXII:3, pp.427-50.