Nick Gertler

Grad student in Media Studies at Concordia University.
Studying AI, tech policy, and algorithmic impact assessments in Canada.



Master of Arts - Media Studies (2020-Present)
Concordia University (Montreal, QC)
Supervisor: Dr. Fenwick McKelvey
First year funding provided by SSHRC. Second year funding provided by the FRQSC.

Bachelor of Arts - Major Communication Studies, Minor Political Science (2016-2020)
Concordia University (Montreal, QC)
Arts and Science Scholar (Top 1% GPA) and Arts and Science Dean's List - 2017, 2018, 2019

Research Activities

Research Assistant, Dr. Fenwick McKelvey (November 2019-Present)
Working on a number of projects, including French-language media monitoring for the Communications Governance Observatory newsletter, knowledge mobilization for the AI Commons Workshop, and assistance on the Shaping AI and Media Governance After AI projects.

Dr. Elizabeth Bloodgood (October 2019-September 2020)
Working with Dr. Bloodgood and Ajah to create an inventory and coding of non-profit laws from around the world. The goal of the project is to understand how laws are creating non-profit data reporting regimes.

Student Assistant, Concordia University Office of Research (October-December 2019)
Interviewing and data collecting for the “Ask Us Anything: Artificial Intelligence” video series.


Gertler, Nicholas. 2019. “One Step at a Time: A Democratic Approach to Canada’s Turnout Problem.” Journal of Political Affairs, 27–42.

Gertler, Nicholas. 2019. “A Carnival in the Zone: Chapo Trap House, the Carnivalesque, and White Socialism in the Age of Trump.” The Medium: Concordia Communications Undergraduate Journal.

Conference Organization

Finance Coordinator - Digital (Im)materialities Graduate Conference
Held online from May 25-27, 2021.
Featured 21 panel presentations, a discussion on meme culture featuring Aiden Arata and Yung Nihilist, and a keynote talk by Wendy Hui Kyong Chun.

General Coordinator - Communications Undergraduate Academic Conference (CUAC)
Held at Concordia University on March 7, 2020.
Featured 16 student presentations, and a keynote by Tracey Deer and Martin Lukacs.

Scholarships and Awards

Bourses de maîtrise en recherche (2021)
Fonds de recherche – Société et culture
Value: $17, 500

Campaign for the New Millenium Graduate Scholarship (2021)
Concordia University
Value: $1, 00

Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master’s (2020)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Value: $17, 500

Special Entrance Award (2020)
Concordia University
Value: $6, 000

The John E. O'Brien, s.j., Medal for Communication Studies (2020)
Concordia University
Awarded to the most outstanding graduating student in Communication Studies.

The Malone Medal (2020)
Concordia University
Awarded to the graduating student whose efforts and dedication best exemplify the values of the University within the internal Concordia community.

Campaign for the New Millennium Scholarship (2019)
Concordia University Faculty of Arts and Science
Value: $400

Lieutenant Governor's Youth Medal (2019)
Lieutenant Governor of Québec

Arts and Science Scholar (Top 1% GPA) (2017, 2018, 2019)
Concordia University Faculty of Arts and Science

Community and Volunteer Activities

Concordia Department of Communication Studies - MA Cohort Representative (September 2020-Present)

NDP NDG-Westmount - Federal Election Communications Director (August-October 2019)

Concordia Retroactive Withdrawals Committee - Undergraduate Representative (2019-2020)

AI Launch Lab - Volunteer and Researcher (May-September 2019)

Communications Undergraduate Student Association (COMS Guild) - VP of Internal/External Affairs (2018-2019), VP Outreach (2019-2020)

Concordia Faculty of Arts and Science - Undergraduate Representative
Faculty Council Curriculum Committee (2018-2019)
Arts and Science Faculty Council (2019-Present)

Arts and Science Federation of Associations (ASFA) - Communications Coordinator (Nov 2017-Jun 2018, Mar 2019-Aug 2019)

Contact Me

Send me an email at nickgertler[at]gmail[dot]com.
Alternatively, get in touch on Twitter.