About Paula

Paula Gardner, PhD, is an Associate Professor and the Asper Chair in Communications in the Faculty of Communication Studies and Media Arts, at McMaster University. She also directs the Pulse Lab, which engages in collaborative art and therapeutic technology design with communities for social change.  Gardner is a long-time feminist, human rights and anti-oppression researcher and activist, whose writing and multimodal practice probes critical intersectional analyses of emerging digital and science technologies.  Gardner’s creative practice has been supported by Canadian funders including SSHRC, Heritage Canada, and National Centres of Excellence. Her collaborative projects employ visual aesthetics, participatory design, critical feminist, disability, and mobile theory to create mobile, gesture-based and biometric platforms offering artful, embodied experiences.

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