Eric Spalding

Contact Information

Eric Spalding, (BA, Concordia; MA, University du Québec à Montréal; PhD, SFU)

Media and Communications / Sociology Instructor

Office: D3029 Abbotsford Campus


Telephone: 604 - 504 -7441, local 4680

Areas of Interest

  • Sociology of culture and the media
  • Cultural studies, popular culture and popular music
  • Cultural industries and cultural policy

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • MACS 110 Introduction to Communication Theory
  • MACS/MUSC 201 Music & Society I
  • MACS/JRNL 235 Intro to Journalism in Canada
  • MACS/SOC 334 Cultural Policy
  • MACS/JRNL 369 Media Law & Ethics
  • SOC 101 Introductory Sociology

Brief Biography

I grew up in and around Montréal, Québec. From a young age, I was interested in popular culture, especially movies and popular music. I found out that I could study these and related topics in communication studies at Concordia University in Montréal, so I went there as an undergraduate. I obtained my B.A. at this institution in 1985, with a major in communication studies and a minor in French. After Concordia, I attended the Université du Québec à Montréal, where I completed my M.A. in communication in 1988. Around that time I moved out to Burnaby, B.C. so I could attend Simon Fraser University. I completed my Ph.D. in communication there in 1992.

 In this picture taken in Tian'anmen Square, China an unidentified tourist stands near my portrait.‌

I started teaching at UCFV in 1994. I have also taught at Kwantlen University College and Simon Fraser University. I have done other types of work as well over the years, including much translating and copy-editing.

In this photo from the early 70's, I'm the one standing in the blue shirt. Either I was at someone's birthday party or I was lecturing on product placement.

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