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Tanner Mirrlees

Associate Professor

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 312
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 5852


Tanner Mirrlees, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Ontario Tech University's Communication and Digital Media Studies program, and the Vice-President of the Canadian Communication Association (CCA). 

Before joining Ontario Tech, Dr. Mirrlees was an Assistant Professor (LTF) in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. A passionate educator, he has been nominated for and won a variety of teaching awards. Since 2007, he has designed and taught more than 20 unique social science and humanities courses that criss-cross communication and cultural studies, political science, international relations, sociology, and technology studies. His current research centres on the global political economy of communications technologies and entertainment media, politics and popular media-culture, labour in the cultural industries and the nexus of the 'alt-right' and social media. He is the author of published books including Hearts and Mines: The U.S. Empire’s Culture Industry (University of British Columbia Press, 2016), Global Entertainment Media: Between Cultural Imperialism and Cultural Globalization (Routledge, 2013), and The Television Reader (Oxford University Press, 2012). He is also the author of research articles for journals such as The International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, Global Media Studies, Democratic Communiqué and Cineaction.


  • PhD, Communication and Culture York University and Ryerson University

Courses taught

  • COMM 1100 Introduction to Communication
  • COMM 2270 Entertainment Goes Global
  • COMM 2411 Information and Society
  • COMM 3510 Work in the Information Age
  • COMM 4120 War, Propaganda and Media Culture
  • COMM 4170 International Communication
  • COMM 4420 Digital Media, Politics and Democracy

Research and expertise

Dr. Mirrlees is a critical political economist of digital media technologies and the cultural industries.


  • Books

    Mirrlees, Tanner. 2016. Hearts and Mines: The U.S. Empire’s Culture Industry. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

    Mirrlees, Tanner. 2013. Global Entertainment Media: Between Cultural Imperialism and Cultural Globalization. New York: Routledge.

    Mirrlees, Tanner and Kispal-Kovacs, Joe. Eds. 2012. The Television Reader: Critical Perspectives in Canadian and U.S. Television Studies. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

  • Journal articles

    Mirrlees, Tanner. 2017. “Transforming Transformers: The DOD-Hollywood Complex.” The American Journal of Economics and Sociology 76 (2): 405-34.

    Mirrlees, Tanner., and Isabel Pedersen. 2017. “Elysium as a Critical Dystopia.” International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics 12(3): 305-22.

    Mirrlees, Tanner. 2016. “American Islamophobia in the Age of Trump: The Global War on Terror, Continued?” International Network for Hate Studies (INHS), February 7. 

    Mirrlees, Tanner. 2016. “Reality TV’s Low Wage and No Wage Work.” Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research 27 (1): 187-212. 

    Mirrlees, Tanner. 2015. Reality TV’s Embrace of the Intern. tripleC 13(2): 404-22.

    Mirrlees, Tanner. 2015. “U.S. Empire and Communications, Today: Revisiting Herbert I. Schiller.” Political Economy of Communication 3(2): 3-27.

    Mirrlees, Tanner. 2014. “Medal of Honour Operation Anaconda: Playing the War in Afghanistan.” Democratic Communiqué (Special Issue: Watching, Playing and Resisting the War Society) 26(2): 84-106.

    Mirrlees, Tanner. 2014. “How to Read Iron Man: the Economics, Politics and Ideology of an Imperial Film Commodity.” Cineaction: Canada’s leading film studies journal 92(1): 4-11.

    Mirrlees, Tanner. 2012. “The Future of TV: Revolution Paused, Media Conglomeration Continued. In The Television Reader: Critical Perspectives in Canadian and American Television Studies, edited by Tanner Mirrlees and Joseph Kispal-Kovacs, 425-445. Toronto, Canada: Oxford University Press.