Nominated by: Atwater Library and Computer Centre
Shanly Dixon is a digital culture scholar and educator who employs ethnographic and arts based methodologies to investigate people’s engagement with digital culture. She is currently working on a project addressing gender-based sexual violence on college campuses. Over the past 3-years (2014-2017) she has acted as co-coordinator, lead researcher and knowledge mobilizer for a ‘cyberviolence against girls and young women; helping communities respond’ project funded by a grant from Status of Women Canada. Her work examines the interplay between online gender-based violence and offline misogyny and sexual violence. Shanly also works as the lead researcher and educator for the Atwater Library’s Digital Literacy Project, a non-profit organization providing educational workshops. She is co-editor of the text Growing Up Onlineexamining how girls and young women use digital technology in their everyday lives. Her interest focuses on facilitating networks bringing together academics, community organizations and activists to address social issues. She holds an Interdisciplinary Humanities PhD (Sociology, Communications and Education) from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at Concordia University, Montreal.