Jody Berland is a scholar whose research and teaching provide interdisciplinary explorations of nature, technology and representation in visual and sonic media culture. Her latest book, Virtual Menageries: Animals as Mediators in Network Cultures (MIT Press and Leonardo Books, 2019), addresses the widespread appearance of animals as emissaries in colonial and contemporary visual and digital culture. Her book North of Empire: Cultural Technologies and the Production of Space (Duke University Press, 2009) won the G. Robinson Book Prize from the Canadian Communication Association.  She has edited a number of books, journals, and journal special issues and is Editor Emerita of TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies

She has supervised many theses and dissertations through graduate programs at York University in Toronto. 

Berland has served as Visiting Professor, Centre for Human Animal Studies, Edge Hill University, UK; Research Fellow, Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London; Visiting Scholar, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU;  Visiting Associate Professor, Centre for Education, Culture and Identity, University of British Columbia;  Inaugural Visiting Scholar, Centre for Cultural and Media Policy, Griffith and Queensland University, Brisbane;  Visiting Associate Professor,  Media Studies, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia; and Writer in Residence, Leighton Colony, Banff Centre for Fine Arts.

Berland has served the academic community as VP of the Canadian Association of Learned Journals, senior scholar with the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, occasional board member for the International Society for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) and the Association of Cultural Studies (ACS), and as Communications Officer of the York University Faculty Association.  She is active on social media through; TAB: Take Academia Back! (FB), and other sites.

Berland’s work has been read and cited in numerous countries and languages, including Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Macedonian, Polish, Portugese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.  

For more information on her published research, see

Berland’s SSHRC project, “Digital Animalities: Media Representations of Nonhuman Life in the Age of Risk”, is presently en route to book publication with co-editor Thomas Lamarre. You can learn more about this project at

Berland’s latest publication addresses the role of robotic pets in mediating the world of childhood and the spaces of social media; “Playing with Pets, Playing with Machines, Playing with Futures” is forthcoming in Children, Youth and Social Media. Vernon Press.