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Dr. Stefanie Duguay

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

Office: L-CJ 4425 
Communication Studies and Journalism Building,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4136
Website(s): Professional website


Stefanie Duguay earned her PhD in Media and Communications from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, where she was an active member of the Digital Media Research Centre. During this time, she spent a summer as a PhD Intern with the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research. She graduated with distinction from the MSc program at the Oxford Internet Institute and she has professional experience working with the Canadian government in the areas of client services and digital strategy.

Her research focuses on the influence of digital media technologies in everyday life, with particular attention to sexual and gender identity and social media. This has included studies of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) people’s social media use, dating apps, self-presentation, and everyday activism with the use of mixed traditional and digital research methods. Her research and teaching demonstrate a commitment to fostering inclusive spaces for knowledge exchange and producing research that reveals power relations in sociotechnical systems.


Member of:
        Feminist Media Studio
        Association of Internet Researchers
        International Communication Association

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching activities

Fall 2018

COMS 325 Approaches to Communication Research

Winter 2019

COMS 354 Youth and Media
COMS 472/521 Communication Technologies and Gender

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

     Duguay, S. (2018). Queer women's experience of patchwork platform governance on Tinder, Instagram, and Vine. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. Published online before print: June 19, 2018.     

     Duguay, S. (2017). Social media’s breaking news: The logic of automation in Facebook Trending Topics and Twitter Moments. Media International Australia. Published online before print: November 4, 2017. doi: 10.1177/1329878X17737407

     Duguay, S. (2017). Dressing up Tinderella: Interrogating authenticity claims on the mobile dating app Tinder. Information, Communication & Society20(3), 351-367. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2016.1168471

     Light, B., Burgess, J., & Duguay, S.(2016). The walkthrough method: An approach to the study of apps. New Media & Society. Published online before print: November 11, 2016, doi:10.1177/1461444816675438

     Burgess, J., Cassidy, E., Duguay, S., & Light, B. (2016). Introduction to special issue: Making digital cultures of gender and sexuality with social media. Social Media & Society, 2(4), 1-4. doi:10.1177/2056305116672487 [Open access]

     Duguay, S. (2016). LGBTQ visibility through selfies: Comparing platform mediators across Ruby Rose’s Instagram and Vine presence. Social Media & Society, 2(2), 1-12. doi:10.1177/2056305116641975 [Open access]

     Duguay, S. (2016). “Legit can’t wait for #Toronto #WorldPride!”: Investigating the Twitter public of a large-scale LGBTQ festival. International Journal of Communication, 10, 274-298. doi:1932–8036/20160005 [Open access]

     Duguay, S. (2016). ‘He has a way gayer Facebook than I do’: Investigating sexual identity disclosure and context collapse on a social networking site. New Media & Society, 18(6), 891-907. (First published online in 2014) doi:10.1177/1461444814549930

     Malacrida, C., & Duguay, S. (2009). 'The AISH review is a big joke': Contradictions of policy participation and consultation in a neo-liberal context. Disability & Society, 24, 19-32. doi:10.1080/09687590802535360

Book Chapters

     Duguay, S. (2018). “The more I look like Justin Bieber in the pictures, the better”: Queer women’s self-representation on Instagram. In Z. Papacharissi (Ed.), A Networked Self: Platforms, Stories, Connections, Routledge.

     Duguay, S., Burgess, J., & Light, B. (2017). Mobile dating and hookup app culture. In P. Messaris & L. Humphreys (Eds.), Digital Media: Transformations in Human Communication. New York:Peter Lang. 

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