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Wilhelm Peekhaus

Wilhelm Peekhaus

Assistant Professor

611310 School of Information Studies
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Wilhelm Peekhaus, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Ph.D., 2008, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

M.L.I.S., 2003, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B.A. (Joint Honors), Polical Science and History, 1992, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Brief Bio | Research Interests 

Dr. Wilhelm Peekhaus received his Ph.D. from the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. His dissertation, which was supervised by Drs. Nick Dyer-Witheford, Samuel Trosow, and Jeffrey Nisker, critically analyzed the Canadian Government’s biotechnology strategy within a neo-Marxist biopolitical framework. This theoretical framework was designed to facilitate an analysis capable of apprehending social resistance being mobilized against various aspects of biotechnology, placing particular emphasis on the information and communication aspects of this technoscience and the struggles against it. While completing his dissertation, Dr. Peekhaus also engaged in research in respect of the privacy of genetic information.

Continuing to employ critical, Marxist political economic analytical frameworks to his research, Dr. Peekhaus is very interested in investigating social issues that traverse the boundaries between the analog and the digital, the material and immaterial. As such, his current research agenda, which falls broadly within the field of information policy, interrogates issues such as the labor of academic publishing, and the ways that marginalized social groups in South Africa (poor farmers) harness knowledge and information and communication technologies in their struggles for development.

Prior to joining the SOIS faculty, Dr. Peekhaus was the 2010-2011 postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Information Policy Research (CIPR) at SOIS, and between 2008-2010 he was an Information in Society Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Graduate School of Library & Information Science, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois.

Courses Taught

891 (Anti)Political Economy of Information and Communication
661 Ethics and the Information Society
660 Information Policy
591 Introduction to Research Methods in Library & Information Science

Sample Publications

SelectedWorks of Wilhelm Peekhaus:

Peekhaus, W. (2013). Resistance is fertile: Canadian struggles on the biocommons. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Journal Articles:
Peekhaus, W. (2011). Biowatch South Africa and the challenges in enforcing its constitutional right to access to information. Government Information Quarterly, 28, 542-552.

Peekhaus, W. (2010). Monsanto discovers new social media. International Journal of Communication, 4, 955-976.

Peekhaus, W. (2010). The neo-liberal university and agricultural biotechnology: Reports from the field. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 30, 415-429.

Peekhaus, W. (2008). Personal health information in Canada: A comparison of citizen expectations and legislation. Government Information Quarterly, 25, 669-698.

Peekhaus, W. (2006). Personal medical information: Privacy or personal data protection? Canadian Journal of Law & Technology, 5, 87-106.