Concordia University

Fenwick McKelvey, PhD

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

Office: L-CJ 4415 
Communication Studies and Journalism Building,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 8673
Website(s): Fenwick McKelvey website


Postdoc, Communication Studies, University of Washington

PhD, Communication and Culture, Ryerson University and York University

MA, Communication and Culture, Ryerson University and York University

BA, Multidisciplinary Studies (Political Science, International Development Studies and Spanish), Dalhousie University

Research interests

I study algorithmic media – the intensification of software within communication infrastructure – through cases such as advanced Internet traffic management software and political campaign management software. My approach contributes to communication studies by demonstrating the opportunities to integrate software studies into the field while raising questions about the imbrication of software and communication.

Research topics

Internet policy and governance, Network Neutrality, social media policy and politics, platform studies, digital media activism, digital political communication

Selected publications

Co-authored books

Elmer, G., Langlois, G. & McKelvey, F. (2012). The Permanent Campaign: New Media, New Politics. New York: Peter Lang.


McKelvey, F. (2011). A Programmable Platform? Drupal, Modularity, and the Future of the Web. Fibreculture, (18).

McKelvey, Fenwick. (2010). Ends and ways: The algorithmic politics of network neutrality. Global Media Journal — Canadian Edition, 3(1). 51-73.

McKelvey, F. & O’Donnell, S. (2010), Out from the Edges: Multi-site Videoconferencing as a Public Sphere in First Nations. Journal of Community Informatics. 5(2)

Langlois, G., McKelvey, F.;, Elmer, G, & Werbin, K. (2009). Mapping Commercial Web 2.0 Worlds: Towards a New Critical Ontogenesis. Fibreculture 14.

Langlois, G, Elmer, G., McKelvey, F., & Devereaux, Z. (2009). Networked Publics: the Double Articulation of Code and Politics on Facebook. Canadian Journal of Communication 34(3). pp. 415-434.

Elmer, G., Ryan, P. M., Devereaux, Z., Langlois, G., Redden, J., & McKelvey, F. (2007). Election Bloggers: Methods for Determining Political Influence. First Monday, 12(4).

Other publications

Mckelvey, F., Tiessen, M. & Simcoe, L. (2013). We are What we Tweet: The Problem with a Big Data World when Everything You Say is Data Mined, post for Culture Digitally blog.

McKelvey, F. (2011).Making Traffic Public: A Proposal for a Public Study of Internet Usage in Canada. In M. Moll & L. R. Shade (Eds.),The Internet Tree: The State of Telecom Policy in Canada 3.0 (pp. 143-152). Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Essay for titled Deep Packet Inspection and Control over Communication, published May 2010

Appeared on CBC’s The National for the Ormiston Online segment during Canada Votes 2008. Watch an extended version , How to Wiki With Fenwick McKelvey . It aired September 2008

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