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Paul Fontaine

Paul Fontaine

Assistant Professor


Abbotsford campus

Phone: 604-504-7441

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Paul has been teaching communications courses at UFV since 2019. Before moving back to the Lower Mainland, where he is from, he lived in Montreal and then Whitehorse.

His academic background is in Communication Studies, but, before returning to university, he worked a journalist in Abbotsford, where he covered everything from sports to civic and federal politics. He enjoys teaching students how effective communication can help them find success in their work and academic lives.


  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies, McGill University, 2017
  • MA in Journalism Studies, Concordia University, 2012
  • BA in English Literature, University of British Columbia, 2006


 UFV Committees

  • Research Advisory Council
  • HSCeP UFV representative

 Communications Department

  • Curriculum Committee
  • Mentorship Committee
  • Journalism Minor Working Group

 External Committees

  • Facts & Frictions Journal Review Committee
  • Canadian Communications Association

Teaching Philosophy

I want students to see all of the ways that understanding how to communicate effectively can benefit them in their personal and professional lives. My aim is to create a learning space, with my students, that facilitates intellectual stimulation and professional growth.

Research Interests

Paul publishes, and presents work, in the fields of journalism studies, diasporic studies, diasporic journalism, and organizational communications. His research interests are diverse, including journalism and organizational histories, journalism practice, diasporic and mainstream media coverage, and communication that creates and maintains relationships based on solidarity.

Paul has published in Canadian journals and has co-written a book chapter on the representations of Punjabi men in South Asian-Canadian news media. He has also presented on a variety of topics including, the institutionalization of diasporic identity, the production of diasporic news outlets, and the characteristics of journalism education in Canada.

His current research interest is the relationships between South Asian-Canadian communities and Canadian institutions, including universities and municipal governments. He is also interested in the experiences of international university and college students in Canada.


Fontaine, Paul. “Spaces of contestation: UFV’s South Asian-Canadian Studies Institute’s efforts to combat racial profiling and cultural stereotyping.” To be presented at the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies annual conference. Simon Fraser University, 2018.


Fontaine, Paul. “History and the present institutionalization of Indo-Canadian Identities.” Theorizing the Now: Issues of Contemporaneity. York University. 2015.


Lynch, Lisa and Paul Fontaine. “Preserving the unpreservable: Form, content, copyright and the archiving of born-digital newspapers.” 15th International Symposium on Online Journalism. University of Texas at Austin. 2014. Winner of the conference’s Top Paper Award.


Fontaine, Paul. “South Asian Diaspora in a Time of Media Hybridization.” Cultural Historiography: Emergent Theories, Methods, and the Digital Turn. University of Guelph, Ontario. 2012.


Book chapters and journal articles

Fontaine, Paul. “From conflict to capital: The history of relations between B.C.’s Punjabi-Canadians and the mainstream press.” The Handbook of Ethnic Media in Canada. Scheduled for publication in 2021.


Fontaine, Paul and Anupreet Sandhu Bhamra. “The South Asian-Canadian media’s resistance to gender and cultural stereotyping.” Journalism, Audiences and Diaspora. London: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers Limited. (2015). Print.


Fontaine, Paul. “The precarity of a journalism degree at a time of industry upheaval.” IN CIRCULATION Media/ Arts/ Politics 3.1 (2014).


Lynch, Lisa and Fontaine, Paul. “Preserving the unpreservable: Form, content, copyright and the archiving of born-digital newspapers.” #ISOJ Journal. (2014). Print.


Book Reviews and Other Publications 

Fontaine, Paul. “Diversity of media ownership literally non-existent in Canada.” J-Source: The Canadian Journalism Project (November 23, 2013).


Fontaine, Paul. “New book examines the links between media representations of Arab-Canadians and state policy.” J-Source: The Canadian Journalism Project (October 29, 2013).


Fontaine, Paul. “Back to school: Do students need a journalism degree? An examination of journalism education as an industry transforms.” J-Source: The Canadian Journalism Project (September 11, 2013).


Fontaine, Paul. “Many battles left to fight: The state of media in Canada.” (November 1, 2012).



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