Sara Bannerman, Ph.D. (Carleton University)
Canada Research Chair in Communication Policy and Governance
Associate Professor

Sara Bannerman leads the Communications Governance Observatory. Dr. Bannerman researches traditional forms of governance such as copyright, intellectual property, and privacy law, as well as governance undertaken through non-state actors: governance by code, technologies, and private companies.
+1(905) 525-9140 ext. 23722
E-mail: banners[at]mcmaster[dot]ca

Fizza Kulvi Ph.D Candidate (McMaster University)
Research Assistant

Fizza is a PhD candidate in the Communication, New Media and Cultural Studies program at McMaster University where she focuses on the relationship between innovation and inequity. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences from the University of Alberta and a master’s degree in Globalization Studies from McMaster University.
E-mail: kulvif[at]mcmaster[dot]ca

Sumana Naidu, B.A. Honours Candidate (McMaster University)
Research Assistant

I recently graduated from the Bachelor of Health Sciences program in May 2019, and am about to begin my first year of medical school at the University of Toronto. During my time at the CGO, I have worked with Dr. Bannerman to create the CGO Podcast, which releases a new episode every month!
E-mail: naidus1[at]mcmaster[dot]ca

Charnjot Shokar, M.A.
Research Coordinator

Charnjot graduated in 2018 from the Communication and New Media M.A. program at McMaster University. He has worked closely with Sara on multiple projects; the two most pertinent being a brief to the the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology on intermediary copyright enforcement and an op-ed for The Conversation on Canada’s response to the Facebook data scandal. Currently, he is conducting research for a paper on platform imperialism.
E-mail: charnjot.shokar[at]gmail[dot]com​

Emmanuel Appiah, B.A. Honours (McMaster University)
Research Assistant

Emmanuel Appiah is currently a Masters student in the Communications and New Media program here at McMaster. He conducts research on critical race IP, copyright, and television studies. In the Network Governance lab, he works closely with Dr. Bannerman on various projects ranging from privacy, platform governance, critical race IP, and IP law.
E-mail: appiae2[at]mcmaster[dot]ca

Past Associates:
Ian Steinberg | Marcio E. Goncalves | Brittany Green | Coralie Zaza | Angela Orasch | Nic Lazzarato | Timon Moolman | Raj Ubveer |  Todd Harris