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Lorna Roth, PhD

Distinguished Professor Emerita, Communication Studies

Lorna Roth, PhD
Availability: Mon - 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Wed - 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

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BA, Sociology, Sir George Williams University

MA, Communications, McGill University

PhD, Communications, Concordia University, Montreal

Teaching interests

Media and Minorities, Neo-Colonial Theory and “Development,” Race, Representation, & Technologies, International Communication, Indigenous Television and Media History, New Media and First Peoples, Mediating Oral Histories, Oral History as Cultural Performance, Civic Journalism.


Coms 419/519 -  Communication and Indigenous Peoples
Coms 473/547 -  International Communications

Research projects

Current research and book project (in progress)

Colour Balance: Race, Technologies, and “Intelligent Design”, a book in which I am examining the ways in which skin colour has been imagined, embedded and colour-shifted over time in products and technologies.

Chapters include:

Picturing Diversity, a photo essay on race and representation.

Flesh in Wax and Other Tales of Many Colours.

“Look! They Painted That White Girl Black!” Reflections on the Ethnicization of Display Mannequins.

More Than Skin Deep: The Color Balance Project in North American Industries of Visual Representation.

Technological Passing.

The Colour Balance Project: A Cosmetic Recognition of Difference?

The Colour Balance Project: Preliminary Reflections on its Contribution to Alternative Media Theory.

Looking for Shirley, the Ultimate Norm.

Selected publications

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