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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Wendy Cukier

Technology in Practice/ Media & Culture

University   Ryerson University
E-Mail Address
Phone Number   (416) 979-5000 ext. 6740
Office Location   YDI-1146
Office Hours   TBA


B.A. (Brock); M.A. (Toronto); M.B.A. (Toronto); Ph. D (York); DU (HC) Laval; LLD (HC), (Concordia); M.S.C.


Wendy Cukier is a professor of Information Technology and the Associate Dean, Academic, Faculty of Business, Ryerson University. Her research interests are wide ranging and inter-disciplinary. One are of emphasis is media discourse and its relationship to decision making an policy. She has also one has written extensively on violence prevention strategies, advocacy techniques and organizations as well as on gender. She is a judge for the Canadian Information Productivity Awards and a reviewer for NSERC, SSHRC, the Academy of Management and the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada. She is also the co-founder and President of the Coalition for Gun Control and a founding member of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) and has been active at the United Nations.. She has received two honorary doctorates and the Governor General's Meritorious Service Cross (Civilian Division)for her volunteer work.. She has been a YWCA Woman of Distinction as well as a JWI Woman of the Year. She is the recipient of awards from the Canadian Public Health Association, the Canadian Criminal Justice Association and the Ottawa Police Services. In 2000 she was named one of "100 Alumni who shaped the century" by the University of Toronto.

Research Interests

Media discourse and public policy, technology strategy and decision making;; technology enabled learning; advocacy organizations and technology,; gender, public health, social marketing and violence prevention.

Selected Publications

W. Cukier and Thomlinson, N. Two-tier Health Care, Education and Policing: a Comparative Analysis of the Discourses of Privatization. Canadian Journal of Criminology, 2004.

W. Cukier and N. Arya, "The International Small Arms Situation: A Public Health Approach", Peter F Mahoney, (Eds.), Ballistic Trauma: a Practical Guide, Springer Verlag. 2004.

W. Cukier and A. Zohar, "Complex Environments and Emergent Order in International Advocacy," International Society Third Sector Research (ISTR) Conference, Toronto, Canada July 11-14, 2004. (R)

Cukier, W., Bauer, R. and Middleton, C., "Applying Habermas' Validity Claims as a Standard For Critical Discourse Analysis", in Information Systems Research Relevant Theory & Informed Practice, Norwell, MA, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004. (R)

With Leonard Brody, Ken Grant, Matt Holland, Catherine Middleton and Denise Shortt, Innovation Nation: From Jurassic Park to Java, Wiley, 2003

W. Cukier, "Constructing the IT Skills Shortage in Canada: The Implications of Institutional Discourse and Practices for the Participation of Women", Computer Personnel Research ACM SIGCPR/SIGMIS 2003, Philadelphia, April 10 - 12, 2003. (R)

With Antoine Chapdelaine, "Small arms, Explosives and Incendiaries", Terrorism and Public Health, (eds.), Barry Levy and Victor Sidel, Oxford, 2002

W. Cukier, I. Devine and D. Shortt, "Gender and Information Technology: Implications of Definitions for Industry and Education," Journal of Information Systems Education, (JISE), Vol.13, No. 1, 7-15, 2002. (R) Best Paper

W. Cukier, C. Middleton and R. Bauer, "The Discourse of Learning Technologies in Canada", in Global and Organizational Discourses about Technology, Norwell, MA, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002.

With Irene Devine and Denise Shortt, "Gender and Information Technology: Implications of Definitions," Journal of Information Systems Education, (JISE), 2002. (R)



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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan