The Team

Who We Are

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Dr. Shana MacDonald

Associate Professor in Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo

Dr. Shana MacDonald is Associate Professor in Communication Arts and is the current President of the Film Studies Association of Canada. Her grant funded interdisciplinary research is situated between film, media and performance studies, and examines feminist activism within social and digital media, popular culture, cinema, performance, and public art. Dr. MacDonald is a co-director of the qcollaborative (qLab), a feminist design lab dedicated to developing new forms of relationality through technologies of public performance. Through the lab Shana co-runs the online archive Feminists Do Media (Instagram: @aesthetic.resistance) and the Feminist Think Tank. She has published in Feminist Media Histories, Media Theory Journal, Feminist Media Studies and is lead author of Networked Feminist Activisms (Lexington Press, 2021).

Dr. Brianna I. Wiens

Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo

Brianna I. Wiens (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in Digital Media and Rhetoric in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. Her interdisciplinary work draws on her mixed-race queer activist-scholar experience to explore the digitally and culturally mediated phenomena of networked social movements and the politics of their design. Dr. Wiens co-runs the digital archive Feminists Do Media (IG: @aesthetic.resistance) out of the Feminist ThinkTank, a research-creation lab. Wiens's collaborative work has recently appeared in NECSUS, Feminist Media Studies, and Digital Studies/Le Champ Numériqe. She is a co-editor of Networked Feminisms: Activist Assemblies and Digital Practices (Lexington Books 2021) and is lead editor on the forthcoming collection Stories of Feminist Protest and Resistance: Digital Performative Assemblies (Lexington Books 2022).

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Sid Heeg

Research Assistant

Sid Heeg is a PhD student at the University of Waterloo in the Faculty of Environment, working towards a PhD in Sustainability Management. Their research focuses on miscommunication and misinformation about agriculture in digital spaces and understanding the impacts they have on farmer's work practices.

Eliana Hill-Zeesman

Research Assistant

Eliana is a third-year student majoring in legal studies with a double minor in psychology and sociology at the university of Waterloo. Eliana grew up in Mexico, where she completed her high school education. Eliana is interested in feminism from an international perspective and the how feminism is perceived, studied and invoked worldwide.

Kate Bradley

Research Assistant

Kate Bradley (she/her) is a third year History student at the University of Waterloo with a minor in Gender and Social Justice. She has done archival, research, curatorial, and museum work in both Ontario and in Prince Edward Island. Kate is passionate about the intersection of feminism and history, especially when that manifests in film and media. She joined the project eager to help with big-picture analysis, drawing connections, and analyzing themes of activism and media. Kate thrives when she is buzzed on several cups of coffee and diving deep into feminist research.

Thuvaraka Mahenthiran

Research Assistant

Thuvaraka Mahenthiran is a third year Bsc student in Psychology with a minor in Biology at the University of Waterloo. She is currently working under Dr. Shana MacDonald and Dr. Brianna Wiens on the Feminist Digital Media Project.