Sarah A. Matheson, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director

Faculty of Social Sciences

Sarah A. Matheson, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director

Office: SBH 332
Extension: 4395; Email:

I'm interested in supervising projects in the areas of television studies, Canadian popular culture, and gender and popular culture.


PhD Cinema-Television, University of Southern California
MA Cinema-Television, University of Southern California
BA (Honours) Film Studies, Queen's University

Research Interests:
Television studies
Canadian television
Gender and television
Urbanism and popular culture

Teaching Areas:
Cultural Theory and Popular Culture
Television Studies
Canadian Television
Taste and Cultural Politics

Selected Publications:
Canadian Television: Text and Context (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011). Edited with Marian Bredin and Scott Henderson.

“Television, Citizenship and the Situation Comedy in Canada: Cultural Diversity and Little Mosque on the Prairie.” In Canadian Television: Text and Context. Ed. Marian Bredin, Scott Henderson and Sarah A. Matheson. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011. (pp.153-172).

"Shopping, Makeovers and Nationhood: Reality TV and Women's Programming in Canada." In The Tube Has Spoken: Reality TV and History. Julie Anne Taddeo and Ken Dvorak (eds.). Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky (2009).

"Realism and Community in the Canadian Soap Opera: The Case of Train 48." In Programming Reality: Perspectives on English-Canadian Television. Zoe Druick and Aspa Kotsopoulos (eds.). Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2008 (pp. 291-310).

"The Cultural Politics of Wife Swap: Taste, Lifestyle Media and the American Family." Film and History. Vol. 37, No. 2, 2007 (pp. 33-47).

“Ruling the Inner City: Television, Citizenship and King of Kensington.” Canadian Journal of Film Studies. Vol.15, No. 1. Spring 2006 (pp. 46-62).

Sarah Matheson