Dr. Dechief in 2019 (photo by Alex Tran)

Dr. Dechief is a Faculty Lecturer at McGill University’s Writing Centre where she designs, teaches and coordinates writing courses focussed on science communication and writing digital genres. In 2019, she received a Distinguished Teach Award from her faculty. 

In 2015, at the University of Toronto’s iSchool, she completed her dissertation on personal names as the juncture of power, language and identity in Canada’s shifting cultural landscape. 

Diane’s dissertation project was funded by from her home institution: the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information (iSchool), and the University of Toronto’s School of Graduate Studies; the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship (2007-2010); CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre; and, the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation.

Diane’s supervisor was Dr. Nadia Caidi, who researches information behaviours including those of people who have recently immigrated to Canada.

With Dr. Philip Oreopoulos (Department of Economics, University of Toronto), Diane co-authored “Why do some employers prefer to interview Matthew but not Samir? New evidence from Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver” which examines motivations for name-based discrimination during a 2010 resume audit of Canada’s largest cities.

In 2006, Diane completed a Masters of Arts in Media Studies at Concordia University in Montreal.  Her MA thesis, Recent Immigration as an “Alternate Civic Core”: Providing Internet Services, Gaining “Canadian Experiences,” examines the situation of recent immigrants volunteering at Vancouver Community Network (VCN) in order to gain local work experience.  

2 thoughts on “about

  1. Hi, I have some good name change stories. The name on my birth certificate reads STEPHEN BRAHAM PALEFSKY. I grew up with the name STEVE(N) PAULL and now I am SIMCHA RAPHAEL. All a good story. If ever you want to hear more, contact me –
    I am originally from Montreal, now live in Philadelphia, PA

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