AoIR2018 Conference Committee Members

Andrew Herman is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He has written widely in the field of social theory, media and culture andHis most recent book is Theories of the Mobile Internet: Materialities and Imaginaries (Routledge, 2015). He is currently working on two research and writing projects: “Cats that look like Kittler”: Internet Cats and the Medium Materialities of the World Wide Web,1995-2015 and New Spirits of Informational Capital(ism): Cultures of Innovation in Canadian Tech Clusters and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems.


Jeremy Hunsinger is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Jeremy was program chair for the first AoIR conference in Lawrence, Kansas and has served on the executive committee and other committees.


MaryElizabeth Luka is Assistant Professor in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at University of Toronto Scarborough, cross-appointed to the U of T iSchool. She is also Co-investigator on the six-year partnership project, Archive/Counter-Archive: Activating Canada’s Moving Image Heritage. Dr. Luka is an award-winning scholar, activist and digital media producer for arts, social enterprises, broadcasting and telecommunications, and creative management policy, planning and practice. She studies modes and meanings of creativity and innovation in the digital age, to investigate how civic, science and business sectors are networked together.



Mélanie Millette is Professor in the Department of social and public communication at UQAM, as well as a member of the Laboratoire de communication médiatisée par ordinateur (LabCMO, UQAM and Université Laval) where she leads the Methodological axis. She is also a member of the Chaire de recherche sur les usages des technologies numériques et les mutations de la communication. Mélanie’s research deals with the political and cultural uses of social media and specifically the issues of visibility and public participation among members of minority and marginalized groups. She has published many chapters and papers (in English and French) and probably knows the best place in town for homemade ice cream and gelato.


Cindy Tekobbe is an Assistant Professor of Composition, Rhetorics and English Studies at The University of Alabama. Her research interests include rhetorics of gender identities and sexualities, feminisms, cultures, networks and technologies, indigeneities and survivance, and the literacy and cultural practices of digital communities. She is a managing editor of constellations: a cultural publishing space and is affiliated research faculty at Michigan State University’s Writing, Information, and Digital Experience (WIDE) research center. She is a career software developer and project manager, specializing in enterprise financial applications and web platforms.