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Stephen Neville

PhD candidate | York University and Toronto Metropolitan University

Stephen J. Neville is a Métis musician and PhD candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture at York University and Toronto Metropolitan University in Toronto, Canada. He is the recipient of a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Supported by a Mitacs Globalink award, Neville was a visiting scholar at the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He was also a 2023 cohort member of the Digital IDEAS Summer Institute, University of Michigan, and has collaborated on funded research projects at the Infoscape Research Lab, the Institute for Research on Digital Literacies, and the Human-Centric Cybersecurity Partnership. With Greg Elmer, he is the coauthor of The Politics of Media Scarcity (Routledge 2024). His research concerning the intersection of media technology, sound, and surveillance has been published in Culture, Theory & Critique, Convergence, Surveillance & Society, Social Media & Society, Canadian Journal of Communication, and the Journal of Sonic Studies. Music from his most recent album, OFF TRACK (2022), reached #5 on the Indigenous Music Countdown. Neville’s dissertation research explores Métis song and what he calls “silent records” as vehicles of cultural reconnection.

Neville is a 2024 Data Fluencies Dissertation Research grantee.