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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 21, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Paul Heyer

Professor Emeritus

Contact Information
Phone: 519.884.1970 ext.2360

Office Location: 3-145 DAWB

Languages Spoken


Academic Background

After pursuing an undergraduate degree in geography at Concordia University, Paul Heyer went on to do graduate work in sociology and anthropology at The New School For Social Research in New York, and Rutgers University in New Jersey where he earned his doctorate. He comes to WLU after having taught communication studies at Simon Fraser, Concordia, and McGill. On several occasions he has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Western Sydney, WLU's sister school in Australia.

His primary research interests are media history (film, radio, and television) and nonverbal communication. He is the author of Titanic Legacy: Disaster as Media Event and Myth, and co-editor (with David Crowley) of Communication in History: Technology, Culture, Society, which is the textbook currently used in CS 100. A lifelong fascination with radio has led to his latest book, The Medium and the Magician, which deals with the radio legacy of Orson Welles and how Welles's use of sound in radio influenced his motion pictures. Most recently, he has begun research on a project that assess media representations of island survivor stories, from Robinson Crusoe to television's Lost.