Jeff Heydon writes on visual culture and sur/sousveillance. His first book, Visibility and Control: Cameras and Certainty in Governing (Lexington, 2021) examined the use of CCTV footage in the Canadian and British court systems as well as the use of images by governments in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. His primary research focus is images as evidence in social and institutional settings.
He is co-chair of the New Media and Digital Cultures working group and serves on the governing board of the Cultural Studies Association.
Jeff completed his PhD study at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He received his Master of Arts from York and Ryerson Universities and his Bachelor of Arts from Western University.
Jeff teaches introductory and advanced-level courses in visual culture, political economy and media theory.
Jeff’s research and teaching interests range from media history, communication theory and visual culture to contemporary issues such as power, discourse, media and communications policy and the political economy of communication industries. His research focus is visual culture with a nod towards digital media.
Currently, he is researching the use of social media systems and smartphones as a means of challenging dominant narratives in contemporary North American culture. He is also investigating media responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of visual culture, surveillance studies and media theory.
CS351 Visual Communication and Culture
CS350 Political Economy of Communication and Culture
CS341 Critical Advertising Studies
CS251 Introduction to Visual Culture
Languages spoken: English