Dr. Chris Richardson
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
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Dr. Richardson’s current research builds on his bachelor of journalism degree from Ryerson University (2007) and his master of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies of popular culture from Brock University (2008) to interrogate representations of crime in the dominant news media. He frequently publishes and lectures on ways for journalists and media professionals to improve the impact and accuracy of crime coverage by reassessing how they choose sources, establish metaphorical language and reproduce popular crime narratives. In 2012, he successfully defended his dissertation, "Communicating Crimes: Covering Gangs in Contemporary Canadian Journalism," at The University of Western Ontario.
Dr. Richardson has published peer-reviewed articles in such international journals as The European Journal of American Culture, Popular Music and Society, The Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice and The British Journal of Canadian Studies. In 2012, Intellect Press published his co-edited collection with Hans Skott-Myhre Habitus of the Hood. He is currently an executive member of the Popular Culture Association of Canada and has previously been a representative of the Canadian Communication Association’s Journalism Interest Group and the Canadian Association of Journalists’ Toronto Chapter.