Jane
PhD Student
Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design

Jane is a doctoral student in strategic communications (health communication) in the College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Born and raised in Canada, she earned a BA in physical (forensic) anthropology from McMaster University in Ontario, a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King’s College in Nova Scotia, and an MSc in marketing from the University of Saskatchewan. She has more than 10 years of experience working in strategic communications for local governments, educational institutions, large corporations, and non-profit organizations. She is also an entrepreneur and launched a strategic writing and content creation business in 2015 where she specializes in science and interpretive writing. In 2018, she began teaching at the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Her area of research examines how societies talk about death and dying. From exploring patient perspectives on conversations at end-of-life to understanding advertising approaches in the death care industry, she hopes to shed light on the interplay between health communication, policy creation, media representations and public opinion as it relates to the incredibly personal and human experience of death, dying and grief.

Outside of school and work Jane can be found in a canoe in Canada’s northern boreal forest, on a snowboard in the Rocky Mountains, walking her two rescue dogs somewhere in the bush, or at a local watering hole trying to solve the world’s problems alongside other barfly philosophers.