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Becky Lentz

Becky Lentz is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal. She completed her doctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin’s Department. Her work has been featured in Telecommunications Policy, Info, The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society, the Blackwell Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy, the Sage Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media, Communication, Culture & Critique, FlowTV, Critical Studies in Media and Communication, the Journal of Information Policy as well as a book under contract with Fordham University Press Everett C. Parker Series.

She has also co-edited special issues of The Information Society Journal and the Canadian Journal of Communication; she is co-editor of Inequity in the Technopolis: Race, Class, Gender, and the Digital Divide in Austin.

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 as a software developer and analyst, as a policy analyst in state and local government, and as a strategic communications consultant in the nonprofit sector.

Research and teaching interests: technology and media policy studies; information society; ICT4D (information, communication and technology for development); the political economy of policy advocacy.


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)

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

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