Bio (Deborah E. R. Hanan)

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Deborah E. R. Hanan

Deborah E. R. Hanan


Associate Faculty


Communication and Culture


Deborah E. R. Hanan is a Los Angeles-based critical cultural scholar. She has been teaching at Royal Roads since 2010, both online and in residencies. Her research interests are qualitative in nature, and primarily centre on the ways in which artistic expression, popular entertainment and media technologies are used to help naturalize and promote alternative and/or insurgent beliefs. To that end, her work focuses on these issues as they have been expressed through a variety of analogically and digitally reproduced artistic productions dating from the late 19th century to the present. Her research has been published in anthropology, media and communication quarterlies, journals and anthologies. Learn more about Hanan’s work on her profile.


Prior to entering academia, Hanan enjoyed a very lengthy professional career in the music industry as a performer, songwriter and recording artist. Throughout this period, she also maintained a tandem career as a freelance art director and graphic designer working in the film, television and themed entertainment industries. This history and experience informs much of her scholarship and teaching.


Hanan received her PhD and MA in communication, with a focus in art, entertainment media and culture, from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. She also holds an interdisciplinary MA in American cultural studies (across the disciplines of communication studies, film/television studies, history and cultural anthropology) from California State University Los Angeles. She has won a number of awards throughout her studies and teaching career, including the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching Recognition for Excellence in Teaching Award, the Stark Foundation Award for Research in Popular Media and Culture and the CSU Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Fellow.