Joanna S. Robinson
Coordinator, Communications and Events (Interim)
Department of History, Simon Fraser University
MA: Popular Culture, Brock University (2009)
BA: Communications, Media, Culture and Society (2005)
Joanna was raised by her Engineer Dad 'Radio Ray' in Sydney Australia, surrounded by an array of early computers and communication technologies. Spending summers on university campus, exploring the library and the early web in the computer labs, she developed a passion for technology and science, as well as the arts and all things creative. She played Oboe in the school orchestra and concert band, performed in community theatre, sang in the Australian Youth Choir, and loved attending the university film society every Sunday with her Dad.
Upon coming to Canada to study at Brock University in 2000, she fell in love with the country. Joanna is now based in Vancouver and continues to explore her love of the arts, communities and emerging technologies. She loves live music and performing arts events, and is Producer/Editor for virtual world theatre troupe the Jewell Theatre.
Since leaving her position as Research Associate at the Centre For Digital Media, Joanna has worked as a Digital Media Manager and Strategist, consulting on Virtual Worlds and Social Media projects, including Theatre Set Design, Art Gallery and Entertainment Events.
She is currently working as interim Coordinator, Communications and Events in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University.
"Joanna worked with me directly as a teaching partner for Building Virtual Worlds.
She provided valuable technical assistance especially in terms of helping the graduate students build content in Second Life. She also provided the virtual land, and managed the virtual space for our online activities. Joanna is a kind and considerate person with a passion for technology and how it is interwoven with society."
-Jeffrey Ventrella, Founder Wiggle Planet, There.com