Tanner Mirrlees

Tanner Mirrlees is the president of the Canadian Communication Association and the Director of the Communication and Digital Media Studies program in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at Ontario Tech University. His current research focuses on the geopolitical economy of digital technologies and entertainment, work and labour in the creative and digital industries, and Left-Right activism and social media platforms. Mirrlees is the author of Hearts and Mines: The US Empire’s Cultural Industry (UBC Press, 2016), Global Entertainment Media: Between Cultural Imperialism and Cultural Globalization (Routledge, 2013), co-author of EdTech Inc.: Selling, Automating and Globalizing Higher Education in the Digital Age (Routledge, 2019), and co-editor of Media Imperialism: Continuity and Change (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019) and The Television Reader: Critical Perspectives in Canadian and US Television Studies (Oxford University Press, 2012). Mirrlees is also the author of over sixty publications and has given over seventy-five public presentations.


Ph. D. Communication and Culture, York University and Ryerson University

M.A., School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph

B.A., School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph


Leadership Positions

President, Canadian Communication Association (2020-present)

Vice-President, Canadian Communication Association (2018-2020)

Director, Communication and Digital Media Studies Program, Ontario Tech University (2014-2017, 2020-present)

Co-organizer, The Capitalism Workshop (2017-2020)

Faculty Positions

Ontario Tech University: Associate Professor (2018-present), Assistant Professor (2012-2018)

Recent Relevant Publications (2019-present)

Co-authored Books

Mirrlees, Tanner, and Shahid Alvi. 2019. EdTech, Inc.: Selling, Automating, and Globalizing Higher Education in a Digital Age. New York: Routledge.

Co-edited Books

Mirrlees, Tanner, and Oliver Boyd-Barrett, eds. 2019. Media Imperialism: Continuity and Change. New York: Rowman and Littlefield.

Journal Articles

Mirrlees, Tanner. 2021. Getting at GAFAM’s ‘Power’ in Society: A Structural-Relational Framework. Heliotrope.

Mirrlees, Tanner. 2020. A US-China Rivalry? Not in the Global Digital Technology and Cultural Industries. Global Dialogue. 10(2).

Mirrlees, Tanner. 2019. Power, Privilege and Resistance in the Digital Age. The Monitor (May/June): 18-23.

Mirrlees, Tanner. 2019. The Alt-Right’s Platformization of Fascism and a New Left’s Digital United Front. Democratic Communiqué. 28 (2): 28-46. (Special Issue: Tactical Media in the Struggle for Social Change).

Book Chapters

Mirrlees, Tanner. 2021. GAFAM and Hate Content Moderation: Deplatforming and Deleting the Alt-Right. In Media and Law: Between Free Speech and Censorship, edited by Mathieu Deflem and Derek M.D. Silva, 81-97. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.

Mirrlees, Tanner. 2021. “Marveling” the World with Hollywood Militainment: The U.S. Air Force and Captain Marvel Go Higher! Further! Faster! In The Routledge Handbook of Digital Media and Globalization, edited by Dal Yong Jin, 41-53. New York: Routledge.

Mirrlees, Tanner. 2020. Socialists on Social Media Platforms: Communicating Within and Against Digital Capitalism, in Beyond Digital Capitalism: Socialist Register 2021, edited by Leo Panitch and Greg Albo, 112-136. New York: Monthly Review Press.

Mirrlees, Tanner. 2020. Canadian Military Public Affairs and Recruitment in an Age of Social Media Platforms. In Propaganda and Public Relations in Military Recruitment: Promoting Military Service in the 20th and 21st Centuries, edited by Brendan Maarten and Tom Bivins, 163-174. New York: Routledge.

Mirrlees, Tanner. 2020. Social Media, in Reimagining Communication: Mediation, edited by Michael Filimowicz and Veronika Tzankova, 177-192. New York: Routledge.

Mirrlees, Tanner. 2019. Medal of Honor Militarism. In How to Play Video Games, edited by Matt Payne and Nina Huntemann, 242-250. New York: New York University Press.

Mirrlees, Tanner. 2019. A Political Economy of the Cultural Industries, in Canada. In Change and Continuity: Canadian Political Economy in the New Millennium, edited by Leah Vosko, Mark Thomas, Carlo Fanelli and Olena Lyubchenko, 203-228. Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press.