Stephen Marmura

Stephen Marmura

Ph.D., Queen's
Associate Professor
Nicholson Tower
(902) 867-2627

My research interests include various aspects of popular ideology, public opinion, and Web-based activism. I am particularly interested in the relationships between changing modes of state and corporate surveillance, propaganda dissemination, the proliferation of conspiracy theories, and declining public trust in the mainstream news media. My most recent work (ongoing) deals with the case of WikiLeaks and informational activism in a post-truth media environment. 

Research Interests

media ecology; public opinion; popular ideology; propaganda; conspiracy theory

Recent Publications



Stephen Marmura. (2018). The WikiLeaks Paradigm: Paradoxes and Revelations. Switzerland: Palgrave/Macmillan.


Stephen Marmura. (2008; 2010). Hegemony in the Digital Age: The Arab/Israeli Conflict

Online. New York: Lexington Books.



Journal Articles


Stephen Marmura. (2020). “Russiagate, WikiLeaks and the political economy of post-truth news”. International Journal of Communication. Vol. 14.


Stephen Marmura. (2019). “Assessing the ‘impact’ of a media event: An Innisian appraisal of Al Jazeera’s Palestine Papers leak”. Global Media & Society. Vol. 15(2).


Stephen Marmura. (2014). “Likely and Unlikely Stories: Conspiracy Theorizing in an Age of Propaganda”. International Journal of Communication. Vol. 8.


Stephen Marmura. (2010). “Tales of 9/11: What conspiracy theories in Egypt and the United States tell us about ‘media effects’”. Arab Media & Society. Issue 11.


Stephen Marmura. (2008). “Surveillance, Mass Culture and the Subject: A Systems/Lifeworld Approach”. Democratic Communiqué. Vol. 22(2).


Stephen Marmura. (2008). “A net advantage?: The internet, grassroots activism and American Middle Eastern Policy”. New Media & Society. Vol. 10(2).



Book Chapters


Stephen Marmura. (2012). The Mediation of Identity: Key Issues in Historic Perspective.

In R. Luppicini (Ed). Handbook of Research on Technoself: Identity in a TechnologicalSociety. Idea Group Global.


Stephen Marmura S. (2010). Security vs. Privacy: Media Messages, State Policies, and American Public Trust in Government. In E. Zureik, L. Harling Stalker, E. Smith, D. Lyon and Y. Chan (Eds). Surveillance, Privacy and the Globalization of Personal Information: International Comparisons. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.



Other Publications


Stephen Marmura. (Sept. 22, 2014). “The growth of conspiracy theorising is influenced by dominant media narratives and news framing practices.” Democratic Audit (London School of Economics).


Loise Amoore, Stephen Marmura and Mark Salter, M. (2008). Editorial: “Smart Borders and Mobilities: Spaces, Zones and Enclosures”. Surveillance & Society. Vol. 5(2).


David Lyon, Stephen Marmura, and Pasha Peroff. (2005) Location Technologies: Mobility, Surveillance and Privacy, Report submitted to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. 79 pages.;sequence=1