PhD, Communication Studies, University of Calgary
MFA, Nonfiction Writing, University of Iowa
BS, Clinical Lab Science, Andrews University
I was born and raised in the Metro Vancouver area, moved to Winnipeg for high school, and then to Michigan for university. My undergraduate degree trained me to be a medical technologist, but after a few years of analyzing body fluids on the midnight shift in an Indiana lab, in an act of desperation, I turned to writing. I was especially drawn to memoir and personal essay, which led me to complete a Masters in Fine Arts in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. After living in the United States for 13 years, I returned to Canada in 2010 to pursue a PhD in Communication Studies at the University of Calgary. My dissertation explored how people talk about interracial relationships and what their discourses revealed about racial ideology.
In 2017, I began teaching at the University of Waterloo as part of the Undergraduate Communication Outcomes (UCO) initiative. Most of my teaching concerns professional communication for STEM students, but I also teach academic writing, creative writing, and occasionally, a course on race and new media.
My current research explores ways to build “science identity” among STEM students in communication courses, which you can read more about here. I continue to be interested in how interracial relationships are represented, particularly in popular media, and how everyday forms of racism and anti-racism manifest in various domains of social life.
Jonahs, A. (2022). Everyday anti-racism and (un)common sense in discourses about romantic interracial relationships. Journal of Critical Race Inquiry, 9(1), 1-20. https://jcri.ca/index.php/CRI/article/view/15093
Jonahs, A. (2021). Colorblind and colorbound: Everyday neoliberalism in the discourses on romantic interracial relationships. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 18(1), 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/14791420.2020.1854801
George, L., Weaver, K., Figueiredo, R., Mercer, K., Jonahs, A., et al. (2020, June). Information-seeking behavior among first-year engineering students and the impacts of pedagogical intervention. In 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/34827
Jonahs, A. (2011). Infrastructural strangeness in virtual spaces. Graduate Journal of Social Science, 8(3). https://gjss.org/sites/default/files/issues/chapters/papers/Journal-08-03--06-Jonahs.pdf
Jonahs, A. (2010). Missing persons. Cold Mountain Review. Spring 2010.
Jonahs, A. (2008). Pronounced ‘ch’ with an ‘eye’ at the end. Gastronomica, 8(1). https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2008.8.1.92
Jonahs, A. (2006). Waking us all. Marginalia, 2(3).
Grants & Awards
University of Waterloo Outstanding Performance Award, 2o21
University of Waterloo Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) Grant, 2021
Currently, I'm working on articles and a book proposal related to my doctoral research.
- Critical discourse analysis
- Critical race theory
- Race and new media