Jason is a doctoral Candidate (ABD) in the Communication and Culture program at York University. He is currently an Executive Team Member at the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre at Ryerson University. 



Doctor of Philosophy | York University | 2013-2018 (in progress)

Communication and Culture Program
Dissertation Title (tentative): Urban Walking: Configuring the Modern City as Cultural and Spatial Practice


Master of Arts | Ryerson University | 2012-2013

Literatures of Modernity Program
Thesis Title: Metrosexuality as a Critical Lens to Urban Modernity: The Case of the Strand Magazine


Bachelor of Arts (HONOuRS, Double Major) | York University | 2009-2012

Communication Studies and Psychology Programs
Dean's Honours List



Research and Administration 

Executive Team Member [June 2012 - Present]

Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre, Ryerson University

Oversee the CFI-funded research space of the MLC Gallery

Founder of PUBZ: MLC Writing and Publishing Zone

Facilitate research mobilization and public outreach

Research Coordinator [MAy 2017 - Present] 

Department of Humanities, York University

Supporting research activities as part of Dr. Andrea Emberly's two-year project on repatriation and children's musical cultures in Africa, Australia and Canada. 

Project: Connecting culture and childhood: implications of the repatriation of archival recordings for children and young people (SSHRC funded) 

Association Assistant [May 2017] 

Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Pre-selected Association Assistant by the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) to support the its annual conference and exhibition during the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 

Research Coordinator [January 2015 - December 2016]  

Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

Coordinated Dr. Linying Dong's funded research projects in business management with a focus on gender and leadership, social media in workplace, and information and technology governance: 

Project I: Collective Use of Social Media, Group Dynamics, and Group Performance: A Cross-Culture Longitudinal Investigation

Project II: Women’s Leadership in the Workplace: Information and Technology Management

Project III: Assessing the Impact of Social Media Technologies in the Workplace: An Application for the SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Graduate Research Assistant [September 2013 - April 2014] 

Department of Communication Studies, York University

Supported research activities as part of Dr. Mark Hayward's two-year funded project on global media archaeology

Project: Multiculturalism & Transmedia (SSHRC funded)


Course Director [September 2017 - Present] 

Department of Communication Studies, York University

Course: AP/COMN4790 Reflections on Consumer Culture: The Modern History and Analysis of Consumer Culture in the Western World 

Chinese Language & Literature Tutor [September 2016 - Present] 

Department of Arts, Languages, Literature and Culture, Ryerson University 

Providing individual tutoring for 4-level Chinese language and culture courses

Graduate Teaching Assistant [May 2014 - April 2017] 

Taught and facilitated 7 courses (12 tutorial sections in total) in Departments of Communication Studies and Social Science, York University 

Teaching areas: Communication and Media Studies; Analytical Approaches to Cultural Phenomena; Creative and Innovative Practices in Media Production  

Head Teaching Assistant [September 2013 - December 2013] 

Taught and facilitated 2 tutorial sections for ENG 108 in literary history, critical analysis, and cultural studies 

Assisted faculty with administrative tasks and curriculum development

Community Contribution

Guest Peer reviewer [Summer 2015] 

E-Topia: A Special Volume for Intersections 2015

Executive Member [2014 - 2015] 

Communication & Culture Graduate Students' Association (ComCult GSA), Ryerson and York Universities

Academic Chair (steering committee) [2014 - 2015] 

Intersections 2015: Communication and Culture Graduate Conference, Ryerson and York Universities

Ambassador, Council of Ontario Universities [2013 - 2015] 

Led as an Ambassador for Research Matters, a collaborative project among Ontario’s 21 publicly assisted universities to build new bridges between university researchers and the broader public. 
Contributed to its communications and digital media strategies and facilitated public cross-Ontario events.

SELECTED Awards & Scholarships 

York Graduate Fellowship: Doctoral Student [2016 – 2018] 

·  Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University

Queen’s University Dissertation Writing Retreat [Summer 2016]

·  Dean’s Office, Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University

Graduate Development Fund Award  [Summer 2016; Summer 2014]

·  Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University

MLC Travel Grant [Summer 2015; Winter 2015; Summer 2014]

·  Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre

MLA Travel Grant [2015] 

·  Modern Language Association

Graduate Student Travel Grant [Winter 2015; Summer 2014]

·  Dean’s Office, Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University

International Conference and Research Support Fund Award [Summer 2014]

·  International Engagement, Ryerson University

York Fellowship Scholarship [2013 - 2019]

·  Doctoral Students Funding Package

International Tuition Fee Scholarship  [2013 - 2019]

·  Awarded to International Students to Offset Higher Tuition Fee Rate

York Graduate Scholarship [2013 - 2014]

·  In recognition of Excellent Academic Record (Entry Level)

Salad King International Student Award [2013]

·  International Student Services, Ryerson University

·  On-Campus Student Leader

Ryerson Graduate Award [2012 - 2013]

·  Entry Level Scholarship & Graduate Fellowship