Daniel Harley

Assistant Professor
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Daniel Harley teaches digital media and design at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business. His research offers critical examinations of the social, cultural, and political dimensions of interactive technologies, as well as collaborative design-based projects that propose tangible and embodied interactions for multimedia storytelling. Currently, his work focuses on the XR (or, Extended Realities) sector, including virtual, mixed, and augmented reality.

Across his research and teaching, Daniel applies a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, including science and technology studies, digital storytelling, media studies, cultural studies, games studies, and human-computer interaction.

Courses Taught

  • GBDA 101: Introduction to Digital Media Design
  • GBDA 203: Introduction to Digital Culture
  • DEI 613: Digital Media Design Solutions 1: Design Principles and Practice
  • DEI 616: Multimedia Storytelling


  • Ph.D. (Communication and Culture), York University, 2020
  • MA (Media Production), Ryerson University, 2014
  • B.Mus. (Violin Performance), University of Toronto, 2007

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Digital Media Studies
  • Games Studies
  • Feminist and Critical Approaches to Technology
  • Tangible and Embodied Interaction
  • Narrative Design
  • Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality