Department of Media Studies

A bridge between thinking and practicing media

Department Faculty:

  • Robin Davies
  • Joy Gugeler
  • Ravindra Mohabeer, Ph.D. – Chair
  • Debra Pentecost, Ph.D.
  • Doug Stetar
  • Alanna Williams
  • Department Technician:

  • Chris Alemany
  • Contract Faculty:

  • Ashley Blacquiere
  • Richard Boyce
  • Affiliated Faculty:

  • Daniel Burgoyne
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    Daniel Borgoyne, Chair, Department of English, VIU, developed INTR 100, “Popular Culture and University Writing” and INTR 101, “Digital Media and Literature,” with Media Studies faculty member, Doug Stetar. Daniel is often engaged in co-teaching these INTR course offerings. http://english.viu.ca/daniel-burgoyne

  • Kevin Mazutinec
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  • Honourary Associate:

  • Marshall Soules
  • Support Staff

  • Ros Davies
    x Ros Davies


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    Debra Pentecost, Ph.D.

    Debra Pentecost, Ph.D.

    Areas of focus

    • Methods of audience reception
    • Visual representations of war and trauma
    • Documentary film, challenges of storytelling
    • Media framing of social issues


    Teaching areas

    • Methods, including analysis of content and the audience
    • Political economy of the media industries, within Canada and globally
    • Propaganda, persuasion, and promotion
    • Film about media
    • Cultural Studies



    BA, Simon Fraser University (Communication)
    MA, York University (Sociology)
    Ph.D., Simon Fraser University (Communication)


    Debra teaches in Departments of Media Studies and Sociology. For several years her research interests have focussed on the challenges of visualizing war, conflict, and trauma, in addition to addressing issues of audience reception. With traumatic experiences often thought to be beyond the reach of representation, her work has centred upon varying narrative and visual approaches for confronting this challenge; whether through still photographs, animation, first person narratives, animated documentary, documentary, and fictional filmmaking. Along with this attention to representation is assessing audience response; querying how and when such representations have power and resonance with audiences, and further, what impacts occur when such resonance takes place. Debra is on the Board of the DOXA Documentary Film Festival.