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Athabasca University

Dr. Karen Wall

Professor, Communication Studies



  • B.A. (Simon Fraser University)
  • M.A. (Simon Fraser University)
  • Ph.D. (University of Alberta)


I have been on faculty full time with the Communication Studies program since 2006, after several years with AU as a tutor and course writer, and have taught CMNS 302 Communication in History, CMNS 402 Global Communication, CMNS 401 Cultural Policy in Canada, CMNS 202: Media and Power in Canadian Society, and HERM 327 Heritage Policy in Canada for the Heritage Resource Management Program.
My research interests include aspects of travel, collective memory, migration, social change and community arts and heritage. Recent work concerns Alberta cultural policy, public arts policy, First Nations culture and reconciliation, the history of the Banff School of Fine Arts, museum exhibition design and analysis, and the production of heritage and consumer environments in Edmonton. I also pursue collaborations in the arts with actors, filmmakers and musicians to produce narratives or artifacts on themes related to this research.

For recent publications and projects please see Faculty Research

Updated February 25 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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