Meet The Amplify Team
Co-Director and Editorial Board Member
Hannah McGregor is an Associate Professor of Publishing at Simon Fraser University, where her research focuses on podcasting as scholarly, systemic barriers to access in the Canadian publishing industry, and magazines as middlebrow media. She is the co-creator of Witch, Please, a feminist podcast on the Harry Potter world, and the creator of the podcast Secret Feminist Agenda, which is currently undergoing an experimental peer review process with Wilfrid Laurier University Press. She is also the co-editor of the book Refuse: CanLit in Ruins (Book*hug 2018).
Co–Director and Sustain Stream Editor
Siobhan McMenemy is Interim Director at WLU Press. She has worked in scholarly publishing for over twenty years, during which time she has built book lists and edited scholarship in the social sciences and humanities. She is committed to publishing scholarships by and about members of communities who have been pushed to the margins for too long. Her editorial work includes cross- and interdisciplinary research, hybrid genres, and collaborative, born-digital scholarship, of which her work on scholarly podcasting is a part.
Co-Director and Editorial Board Member
Stacey Copeland is Assistant Professor of Cultural Heritage and Identity at the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies, University of Groningen, Netherlands. Her research on sound, media and culture has been published in top-ranking journals, including Radio Journal and the Canadian Journal of Communication. Some areas of scholarly interest include feminist media, queer culture, sound archives, media history, the phenomenology of voice, sensory ethnography, and cultural sound studies. http://staceycopeland.com
Brenna Clarke Gray
Brenna Clarke Gray is Coordinator, Educational Technologies at Thompson Rivers University, where her research interests include the history and future of open tenure processes and the role of care and care work in the practice of educational technology. Prior to her transition to faculty support, she spent nine years as a community college English professor and comics scholar, and has published extensively on Canadian comics and representations of Canada in mainstream American comic books. She holds a PhD in Canadian Literature from the University of New Brunswick. Outside of the academy’s walls, Brenna co-hosts Hazel&Katniss&Harry&Starr, a podcast about young adult literature and film adaptation, and plays the role of a public intellectual on Twitter, when you can find her @brennacgray.
María Alvarez Malvido + Kendra Cowley
Kendra (she/her) and Maria (she/her) met as research assistants on a project at the University of Alberta. The seeds for an inevitable friendship were sown online when Maria responded to Kendra’s comments on a google doc with the same critical fervor with which the original comments were inflected. Since then they continue to think, feel, and dance together in person and across the interwebz. With shared anti-colonial and abolitionist feminist commitments rooted in intimate friendship and terrible inside jokes, they have nurtured many shared projects, including the Communication at the Edge podcast.
Daniel Heath Justice
Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee Nation) is Professor of Critical Indigenous Studies and English at the University of British Columbia, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture. He was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2018, and his work engages issues of Indigenous being, belonging, and other-than-human kinship in literature, culture, and the expressive arts. His books include Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History (2006) and Why Indigenous Literatures Matter (2018), as well as the animal cultural histories Badger (2015) and the forthcoming Raccoon (spring 2021) in the Animal series from Reaktion Books. A creative as well as scholarly writing, he is also the author of the Indigenous epic fantasy, The Way of Thorn and Thunder, and numerous shorter fantasy wonderworks.
Jason Camlot’s critical works include Phonopoetics: The Making of Early Literary Recordings (Stanford 2019), Style and the Nineteenth-Century British Critic (Routledge 2008), and the co-edited collections, CanLit Across Media: Unarchiving the Literary Event (with Katherine McLeod, McGill Queen’s UP, 2019) and Language Acts: Anglo-Québec Poetry, 1976 to the 21st Century (Véhicule 2007). He is also the author of four collections of poetry, Attention All Typewriters, The Animal Library, The Debaucher, and What the World Said. He is the principal investigator and director of The SpokenWeb, a SSHRC-funded partnership that focuses on the history of literary sound recordings and the digital preservation and presentation of collections of literary audio. Jason is Professor of English and Research Chair in Literature and Sound Studies at Concordia University in Montreal.
Editorial Board Member
Kim Fox is a professor of practice in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JRMC) at The American University in Cairo (AUC) in Cairo, Egypt. She primarily teaches Audio Production and other journalism courses. PodFest Cairo, Egypt’s first podcasting conference was founded and organized by Fox in 2020. She has been a consultant on numerous audio related projects including the HUSSLab, an organized research lab, on the AUC campus as well as for the Enterprise Egypt podcast “Making It.” As the executive producer of the award-winning Ehky Ya Masr (Tell Your Story Egypt) Podcast, a narrative nonfiction podcast about life in Cairo, Egypt, she works with young freelance producers, many of them former students, writing and editing audio content.
Editorial Board Member
Robert Cassanello is an associate professor of history at the University of Central Florida. He is a social historian interested in public history. His book To Render Invisible won the 2014 Harry Moore Award by the Florida Historical Society. He has also produced numerous media projects such as the films, The Committee, Filthy Dreamers and Marching Forward with Dr. Lisa Mills. The films have screened at numerous state, national and international film festivals and their films have won several awards including a Suncoast Emmy© and College TV Emmy©. Additionally he produced the podcasts RICHES of Central Florida, A History of Central Florida Podcast, Florida Historical Quarterly Podcast, and The Florida Constitutions Podcast. He has won the Dunn Internet Broadcasting Award with the Florida Historical Society for his work in podcasting.
Institutional and Affiliated Partners
In addition to our team above, we have also partnered with organizations within and beyond academia, including SFU’s School of Publishing, the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Wilfrid Laurier University Library, and the DOXA Documentary Media Society. Past and current team members across these partnerships include Lisa Quinn of WLUP, Maia Desjardins of WLUL/WLUP, Murray Tong and Lindsey Hunnewell of WLUP, Michael Joyce formerly of DHIL, Alison Moore of DHIL, Joey Takeda and Andrew Gardner of DHIL, Selina Crammond formerly of DOXA, Sarah Bakke and Sharon Bradley of DOXA, among many others. This work would not be possible without our many partners and collaborators.