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Andrea Braithwaite

Associate Teaching Professor

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Dr. Braithwaite’s current research focuses on gendered and affective discourses of crime, deviance, and justice in media, particularly games, gaming communities, and Canadian pop culture.

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 311
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 5878
Curriculum vitae


Dr. Andrea Braithwaite’s research analyzes how popular discourses of gender, sexuality and sociability become political—that is, how popular texts and the talk they inspire vivify North American public debate about gender and sexual equality. Her work pays special attention to the strategies popular and everyday texts identify for challenging the political cultures of neoliberalism, and how feminist and proto-feminist ideas circulate in popular forms often deemed apolitical or anti-feminist. Identifying and critiquing gendered discourses of self-management and social justice, she tracks the traces and material practices of these affective discourses to representational and experiential spaces in pop culture and digital media. Her current work tracks representations of the 'chick detective' across media forms, focusing particularly on video games and on Canadian genre films.

Her work has appeared in journals including Games and Culture, New Media & Society, and Feminist Media Studies. She also has chapters published in Screening Justice: Canadian Crime Films, Culture and Society and Teen Television: Essays in Programming and Fandom, and in the forthcoming collection Video Games, Culture, and Justice. She has recently been awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant with colleagues across Canada to investigate Canadian crime films.

Her courses in Communication and Digital Media Studies draw on these research interests. As an award-winning educator, her teaching is cross-textual and interdisciplinary, and examines how media and political discourses circulate, change and are changed in our everyday encounters with them. Her courses—from Game Studies and Pop Culture to Television and Canadian Media—help students pinpoint the spaces that emerge within popular and digital cultures for critical reflection and intervention. Prioritizing social justice and equality, Dr. Braithwaite encourages students to contribute their original insights to critical conversations about social change. Her research and teaching foreground the principle of praxis that guides Communication and Digital Media Studies: knowledge as the basis for action and change.


“‘It’s about ethics in game journalism’? Gamergaters and Geek Masculinity.” Social Media + Society special issue: Making Digital Cultures of Gender and Sexuality with Social Media. 2:4 (2016). 1-10. doi: 10.1177/2056305116672484

“Nancy Drew and the Case of the Girl Gamers.” Video Games, Culture, and Justice. Eds. André Brock, Kishonna Gray, and David Leonard. University of Washington Press (Forthcoming, 2017).

“Nancy Drew and the Case of the Neoliberal College.” First Person Scholar (Forthcoming, Fall 2017).

‘Buckle up, bitches. Nothing is as it seems’: Gothic conventions in Pretty Little 21:5 (2015). 

Epic Win: The Guild and Communities of 21:3 (2015).

WoW-ing Alone: The Evolution of ‘Multiplayer’ in World of Warcraft.’ Games and Culture. Prepublished 8 Oct 2015. doi: 10.1177/1555412015610246.

Seriously, get out: Feminists on the Forums and the War(craft) on Women. New Media & Society.  16:5 (2014). 703-718. Prepublished 12 June 2013. doi: 10.1177/1461444813489503.

Streets Behind: Nostalgia in  21:1 (2014). 

'It’s the beast thing': Victimization, Violence, and Popular Masculine Crises. Feminist Media Studies. 11:4 (2011). 417-432. doi: 10.1080/14680777.2011.555959.

“Bon Cop, Bad Cop: Fighting Crime Across the Two Solitudes.” In Screening Justice: Canadian Crime Films, Culture and Society. Eds. Steven Kohm, Sonia Bookman, and Pauline Greenhill. Fernwood Publishing (2016). 132-148.


  • PhD, Communication Studies McGill University

Courses taught

  • COMM 1100: Introduction to Communication Studies
  • COMM 2210: Researching Communication and Digital Culture
  • COMM 2220: The Media in Canada
  • COMM 2240: Television
  • COMM 2410: History of Communication Technology
  • COMM 3250: Pop Culture
  • COMM 3740: Digital Games Studies