Queen's University

Dr. Barbara Crow

Professor, Department of Sociology
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Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science


Prior to coming to Queen’s, I obtained my B.A. (Honours) in political science and women’s studies and my M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology. I joined York University’s faculty in 2001, eventually serving as the Associate Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies until May 31st, 2017.  Prior to that appointment, I held the positions of Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and Director of the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture.

My research interests are in the social, cultural, political and economic implications of digital technologies, and I have edited collections on mobile technologies, US radical feminism, and Canadian Women’s Studies. I have worked on a number of large-scale interdisciplinary grants with engineers, designers, artists and communication scholars to produce technical and cultural content for mobile experiences.  I am also one of the co-founders of the Mobile Media Lab, and am a co-founding editor of wi: a journal of mobile media.

I am currently a co-principal investigator on the ACT project (Ageing, Communication, and Technologies), funded by a SSHRC Partnership Grant, and have been an active member of the national network on pathways for doctoral students, TRACE.

Most Recent Project

A 'noteable' day for Queen's and Canada

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science Barbara Crow and Professor Jonathan Rose were members of an expert panel that selected Viola Desmond to adorn the new $10 bill.

The new $10 bill, featuring the image of Viola Desmond, entered circulation on Monday, Nov. 19, marking the completion of a project that involved the work of two Queen’s faculty members.

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Other Projects

  • Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT)

    ACT is a research project that addresses the transformation of the experiences ACT Logoof ageing with the proliferation of new forms of mediated communications in networked societies. We consider how ‘digital ageism’ – the individual and systemic biases that create forms of inclusion and exclusion that are age-related – operates in subtle ways.  Through our work we are creating intergenerational connections, rethinking new media from the perspective of old age and confronting digital ageism.

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  • Remote grandmothering, cell phones and inter-generational dis/connections

    We explore how a diverse group of grandparents, mostly grandmothers, use the Feminist Media Studies Covercell phone to interact with their grandchildren. Through “remote” grandparenting seniors found ways into relationships with their grandchildren like many of them had experienced as grandchildren and simultaneously provided insightful commentary on changing communication relations.

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  • The Wireless Spectrum: The Politics, Practices, and Poetics of Mobile Media

    As evidenced by the clientele in any urban coffee shop, devices such as cell The Wireless Spectrum Coverphones, BlackBerries, and Wi-Fi-enabled laptops have proliferated, particularly during the past ten years. The Wireless Spectrum explores how wireless technologies have modified both individual and public life, transforming our experiences of space, time, and place, while reshaping our day-to-day interactions.

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  • Radical Feminism: A Documentary Reader

    The second wave of feminism was one of the most significant political and Radical Feminism Covercultural developments of the 1960s and 1970s. Yet the role radical feminism played within the women's movement remains hotly contested. For some, radical feminism has made a lasting contribution to our understanding of male privilege, and the ways the power imbalance between men and women affects the everyday fabric of women's lives. For others, radical feminism represents a reflexive hostility toward men, sex, and heterosexuality, and thus is best ignored or forgotten.

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