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William J. Buxton

Professor , Communication Studies

William J. Buxton
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BA, Psychology (Honours), University of Alberta

MA, Politics and Philosophy, Oxford University

MA, Political Sociology, University of London (London School of Economics and Political Science)

PhD, Political Economy, Free University of Berlin

Postdoc, American writings on Germany, Harvard University (Center for European Studies)

Areas of interest

History of Media, History of Communication Thought, Organizational Communication


Fall: COMS 373 – Topics in the History of Media and Culture

       COMS 608  - HIstory of Media

Winter: COMS 357 – Media and Critical Theory

           COMS 461/538  Organizational Communication

Selected publications (recent and forthcoming)


         Harold Innis’s History of Communications:Paper and Printing from Antiquity to Early Modernity. Lanham, Maryland:Rowman and Littlefield. 2015.  (edited with Michael Cheney and Paul Heyer)


        Harold Innis and the North: Appraisals andContentions, William J. Buxton (ed.) Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen'sUniversity Press. 2013. (editor).


Patronizing the Public: American Philanthropy’s Transformation of Culture, Communication and the Humanities. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2009

Canada’s Film Century. Montreal: Lonergan University College, 2000 (editor).

Harold Innis in the New Century: Reflections and Refractions. Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1999 (edited with Charles R. Acland).

The Politics and Knowledge of Information: American Philanthropy and Canadian Libraries Montreal: McGill University, The Centre for Resarch on Canadian Cultural Industries and Institutions and the Graduate School of Information and Library Studies, 1998 (with Charles R. Acland).


“From Park to Cressey: Chicago Sociology’s Engagement with Media and Mass Culture.” In Media Research and Its Histories: New Perspectives on the Contested Memory of the Field, edited by David Parks and Jefferson Pooley. New York: Peter Lang, 2008

“Fernand Dumont and the Vicissitudes of Cultural Policy in Quebec.” In Intellectuals and Cultural Policy, edited by Oliver Bennett and Jeremy Ahearne. London: Routledge, 2007

“John Marshall and RF Support for the Humanities in Europe.” Minerva, vol. 41, 2002

“Harold Innis’s ‘History of Communications’ Manuscript,” in Paul Heyer, Harold Adams Innis. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003

“The Bias Against Communication: On the Neglect and Non-Publication of the ‘Incomplete and Unrevised manuscript of Harold Adams Innis’”. Canadian Journal of Communication, 2001 (Spring): 211-229.


Presentation on Harold Innis, University of North Dakota, October, 2011

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