Becky Lentz

Associate Professor of Communication Studies
gpd-ahcs.arts [at] (Graduate Program Director)

​PhD, 2008, University of Texas at Austin Department of Radio, TV, and Film.  Additional professional experience in city and state government, the information services industry, and the nonprofit sector (philanthropy and non-governmental organizations).

Research and teaching interests: Critical/interpretive media/technology policy studies and civil society participation in policy change.

Graduate courses: Topics in Critical/Interpretive Policy Studies (introduction to critical policy studies; cultures of participation/civic engagement/activism in policymaking, including the role of philanthropy; interpretive policy analysis, policy advocacy); Topics in Discourse Theory and Analysis (discourse and social change, critical discourse analysis).

Undergraduate courses: Media Governance and Advanced Issues in Media Governance (critical perspectives on media/technology industries and media and telecommunications policy; Internet governance; community/alternative/autonomous media; digital inclusion; network neutrality; media justice; digital rights; policy advocacy from a social justice perspective).

McGill affliations: Member, McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID); Member, Media@McGill (M@M); the McGill Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI).

Other Affiliations: Advisory Board for the OpEd Project; 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 and Adjunct Associate Professor at the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

Selected Publications