Meet our staff and Research Assistants

Our staff and research assistants are drawn from our project partners

Project staff

Rithika Shenoy
Project Manager, GJIL

Rithika Shenoy is the GJIL project manager. She holds a bachelors degree in law and social work from the Gujarat National Law University in India, and a masters in journalism from the University of British Columbia. She has previously worked in the areas of corporate law and public opinion. Her areas of interest include digital media rights, foreign policy, diplomacy, and international relations. 

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Hanako Smith
Project Manager, Ryerson University

Hanako is a PhD candidate in the Communication and Culture program at York University and Ryerson University. She received an MSSc in Media Management from the University of Tampere, Finland, focusing on audience engagement and the Canadian broadcast television industry. She obtained her BA from McMaster University in Communications. She has experience teaching youth culture, and politics, policy and media. Her current studies are focused on the co-creation of patient experiences in virtual healthcare.

Sabrina Wilkinson
Project Manager, University of Ottawa

Sabrina Wilkinson is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Law, Technology and Society. She obtained her PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London.

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Research Assistants

Anthony Bejjani

Anthony Bejjani is a second-year J.D. student at the University of Ottawa in the French Common Law Program.  Anthony is also completing his Bachelor of Commerce at the Telfer School of Management as part of the Baccalaureate in Commercial Sciences (BCom) and Juris Doctor (JD) combined program. He is mainly interested in business and tech law. 

Désirée Estephan-Saliba

Désirée Estephan-Saliba is a second-year J.D. student at the University of Ottawa in the French Common Law Program. Désirée is also completing her Bachelor of Commerce at the Telfer School of Management as part of the Baccalaureate in Commercial Sciences (BCom) and Juris Doctor (JD) combined program.

Lui Xia Lee

Lui Xia Lee is a second year Master of Arts student in the University of British Columbia’s department of history. She is also a research and editorial assistant for Dr. Heidi Tworek as well as the Media Relations Assistant at UBC Media Relations. Her research is focused on news coverage of national language and education policies in Malaysia from 1957 to 1969. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Carleton University. 

Nathan Lucky

Nathan Lucky holds a BA (Hons.) from the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) in history and an MA in history from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver). He focuses on Jewish and non-Jewish media responses to the Holocaust, Jewish organizations, and public relations.

Lisa Ren

Lisa Ren is an upcoming second-year MA student at the University of British Columbia’s Department of History and received her BA in International Relations at UBC. She is interested in looking at the history of media and communication infrastructures in post-socialist China, and the implications of political and economic developments on the globalization of Chinese media. 

Her research is currently focused on Xinhua News Agency and global media, specifically on the transformation of Xinhua into a world news agency from 1978 to 1989. She is also currently the assistant at the Centre for Chinese Research at UBC and also a recent awardee of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC) CGS-M Award.

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Isabelle Santerre

Isabelle Santerre is a research assistant at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Law, Technology and Society. She is currently a law student at the University of Ottawa.

Louise Stahl

Louise Stahl is a research assistant at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Law, Technology and Society. She is currently a PhD student at the Department of Communication at the same institution.

Steven Zhu

Steven Zhu is a recent graduate of the Master of Journalism Program at UBC. He is interested in researching novel storytelling formats and funding models for journalism startups, particularly in the coverage of local news.

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