Becky Lentz

Becky Lentz is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She completed her doctoral work in 2008 at the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Radio, TV, and Film specializing in communication technology and policy.

Prof Lentz’s research has been featured in the following journals: Telecommunications Policy; Communication, Culture & Critique; Critical Studies in Media and Communication; the Journal of Information Policy; and the International Journal of Communication. She has also co-edited special issues of three journals: The Information Society, the Canadian Journal of Communication, and the International Journal of Communication (in progress). Lentz has also contributed chapters to the following edited volumes: The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society, the Blackwell Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy, and the Sage Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media. She is co-editor of Inequity in the Technopolis: Race, Class, Gender, and the Digital Divide in Austin, published by the University of Texas at Austin Press and has a book forthcoming examining participation in policy change under contract with Fordham University Press.

Prior to McGill, Prof Lentz served as the first program officer for media and technology policy at the Ford Foundation in New York City between 2001-2007. There she designed and directed an annual multi-million dollar domestic and international field-building initiative advancing freedom of expression and social justice through community organizing, legal advocacy, collaborative scholar/activist research, and philanthropic investment in the media policy field. Prior to Ford, Lentz worked in the information technology services sector first as a technical writer and then as a software developer and analyst, a policy analyst in state and local government, and as a strategic communications consultant in the nonprofit sector.




Research and teaching interests: Critical policy studies; discourse and genre theory; civil society participation in policy change processes (including the role of philanthropy). Policy issue specializations: digital inclusion, network neutrality, media justice, and digital rights.

Graduate courses: Discourse and Social Change; Critical Policy Studies; Social Justice Philanthropy

Undergraduate courses: Media Governance; Advanced Issues in Media Governance; Internet Governance

Affiliations at McGill:

Member, McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID)

Member, Media@McGill (M@M)

Resident Faculty Fellow 2014-2016 with the McGill Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI)

Affiliations outside McGill:

Non-Resident Faculty Fellow: the Center for Media, Data, and Society (CMDS) in the Central European School of Public Policy at Central European University, Budapest

Non-Resident Faculty Fellow: the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin