Paul Fontaine

Dr. Paul Fontaine

BA; MA; Ph.D.



Dr. Paul Fontaine studied at the University of British Columbia for his BA in English Literature before starting a career in journalism, which took him to Alberta, Canada and then Abbotsford, where he worked for six years before returning to university. He obtained his MA at Journalism Studies at Concordia University, in Montreal, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from McGill University.

Paul has published in In Circulation as well as the International Symposium on Online Journalism Journal. He has written book chapters on the journalistic representation of Punjabi masculinity, and has an upcoming book chapter on the history of Punjabi journalism in B.C. Last year, he started a research project on the journalistic representation of international students in B.C.  He has presented research projects at the Canadian Communication Association and the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies annual conferences.

  • Fontaine, Paul. “From conflict to capital: the history of relations between B.C.’s Punjabi-Canadians and the mainstream press.” Revisiting ethnic media in Canada: Policies, practices, and integration. D. Ahadi, S.S. Yu, and A. Al-Rawi (Eds.). (2021). Print.
  • 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 Paul Fontaine. “Preserving the unpreservable: Form, content, copyright and the archiving of born-digital newspapers.” #ISOJ Journal. (2014). Print.
Teaching interests

Journalism practice (news and feature writing), journalistic research, communication studies, diasporic communication, theories of communication, report writing and composition. Professional experience in journalism and journalistic editing.

Research interests

Diasporic communication, institutional communication, journalism, journalism education.