Russell Johnston, Associate Professor

Faculty of Social Sciences

Russell Johnston, Associate Professor

Office: SBH 320
Extension: 3154; Email:


BA (History and Philosophy) McMaster University
MA (History) Queen's University at Kingston
PhD (History) Queen's University at Kingston

Research Interests:
Media history (advertising, radio, print media)
Popular memory

Teaching Areas:
Cultural industries
History of advertising
Sport media
Research methods

Selected Publications:
with Gerianne Merrigan and Carole L. Huston, Communication Research Methods, Canadian Edition (Oxford, 2012).

Selling Themselves: The Emergence of Canadian Advertising (Toronto: 2001).

with Michael Ripmeester, "New wine into old narratives: Constructing wine as intangible heritage in the Niagara Region, Canada," p.103-117 in Constructing Intangible Heritage. Eds. S. Lira and R. Amoeda. Barcelos, Portugal: Green Lines Institute, 2010.

with Michael Ripmeester, "Awake anon the tales of valour: The career of an urban war memorial," The Canadian Geographer, 53:4 (2009), 404-426.

“Partisan Politics, Market Research, and Media Buying in Canada, 1920,” Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 83:4 (2007), 917-932.

with Michael Ripmeester: “A Monument’s Work is Never Done: The Watson Monument, memory, and forgetting in a small Canadian city,” International Journal of Heritage Studies, 13:2 (2007), 117-135.

"The Murray scheme: advertising and editorial independence in Canada, 1920," Media, Culture & Society, 27:2 (2005): 251-270.

Popular Culture Niagara

Russell Johnston