MonizTracy Moniz (Associate Professor) BA (Hons) (University of Toronto), MA (University of Western Ontario), PhD (York/Ryerson University)

Tracy Moniz is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University. She is also an Adjunct professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at MSVU and an Adjunct in the Department of Pediatrics on the academic staff of the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University. She has a PhD in Communication and Culture, a Master of Arts degree in Journalism, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English Literature and minors in French Studies and Professional Writing and Communication.

Broadly, Dr. Moniz is interested in ways of knowing that challenge traditional paradigms, and she explores this interest through multiple vehicles. Foremost, she is interested in stories and storytellers and understanding how a sense of story enables people to make meaning of their experiences and those of others. Her research interests include narrative medicine, writing practice and pedagogy, health communication, and gender and media. She pursues both individual and collaborative programs of research that contribute knowledge across disciplines and at the local, national and international levels.

Currently, Dr. Moniz explores the roles of narrative and, specifically, reflective writing in professional education and practice, most notably in medicine. In this context, she is interested in the use of reflective writing in developing professional identity, in understanding experiences of illness and care from multiple and/or dual perspectives, and in supporting a more empathetic and humanistic approach to care.

Dr. Moniz is also engaged in qualitative analysis of health-related social media campaigns aimed at mobilizing evidence-based knowledge (e.g. about child pain management) to the public. Through this work, she strives to increase understanding of knowledge translation via science-media partnerships.

Her doctoral research focused on news media (mis)representations of women’s labour during the Second World War in Canada. She continues to engage with questions of how gender ideology imprints itself on media discourse–past, present, and particularly in times of armed conflict. She is part of a network of regional scholars working to promote community storytelling around lived experiences of war and peace.

Dr. Moniz teaches undergraduate courses in media and professional writing and graduate courses in health communication; gender and communication; media, culture and society; and communication theory. Prior to joining the Mount in 2013, she taught at the University of Toronto (2005-2013) in areas such as expressive and historical narrative, business and media writing, and journalistic investigation. Over the years, she has worked in journalism, public relations, and professional writing and editing. She also owned a communications consultancy business, providing communications support and education to private- and public-sector organizations.

Dr. Moniz typically supervises graduate students working in the following broad areas:

* Narrative
* Writing (professional, reflective, creative nonfiction, memoir, life writing)
* Health Communication
* Professional Identity
* Gender and Media
* Women and Work
* Journalism and Journalism History
* Qualitative methods (such as narrative analysis, thematic analysis, content analysis, media analysis,
interview research)

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Moniz, T., Costella, J., Golafshani, M., Watling, C., Lingard, L. (2019). Bringing narratives from physicians, patients and caregivers together: A scoping review of published research. Medical Humanities, Published online First: 08 February 2019. doi:10.1136/medhum-2017-011424.

Moniz, T., Lingard, L., Watling, C. (2017). Stories Doctors Tell. Journal of the American Medical Association, 318(2): 124-125. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.5518.

Moniz, T. (2017). Stepping out: Representations of female sexuality in the Canadian television series
Bomb Girls. Canadian Journal of Media Studies, 15(1), 1-33.

Moniz, T. (2017). From Bread-maker to Bomb-builder: [Re]constructing gender in the Canadian television series Bomb Girls. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, 12(3), 207-224. doi: 10.1108/QROM-11-2016-1459

Moniz, T. (2016). A Woman’s Place is in the News: Gendering the Gaps in Newspaper Coverage of Women’s Labour in Wartime Canada, 1939-1945. Journalism History, 42(2), 81-90.

Moniz, T., Arntfield, S., Miller, K., Lingard, L., Watling, C., and Regehr, G. (2015). “Considerations in the Use of Reflective Writing for Student Assessment: Issues of Reliability and Validity.” Medical Education, 49(9), 901-908. doi: 10.1111/medu.12771.

Moniz, T. (2015). Femininity in Focus: Representations of Women’s Wage Labour in Canadian Newspapers, 1939-1945. Canadian Journal of Media Studies, 13(1), 1-34.


Moniz, T. (Ed.). (2013). Writing History: A Collection by New Writers. (3rd ed). Toronto: Life Rattle Press.

Refereed Articles in Conference Proceedings

Moniz, T. (2016). “Bread Maker-turned-Breadwinner: Representations of Gender and Power in the Canadian television series Bomb Girls.” In The Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication 2015: Official Conference Proceedings (pp. 357-370). Kobe, Japan: The International Academic Forum.

Moniz, T. (2015). “A Case Study of Peer Modelling in Writing History.” In Proceedings of the 2014 Association of Atlantic Universities’ Teaching Showcase (pp.64-66). Sydney, NS: Association of Atlantic Universities.

Moniz, T. (2015). “Whither the News? Problematizing the Gendered Limits of Coverage of Women’s Labour in Canada, 1939-1945.” In The Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication 2014: Official Conference Proceedings (pp. 299-313). Osaka, Japan: The International Academic Forum.

Moniz, T. (2014). ‘Women’s War Work’ through a Gendered Lens: A Critical Feminist Analysis of Media Representations of Women’s Labour in Canadian Newspapers, 1939-1945. In J.C. Suárez Villegas, R. Lacalle Zalduendo, & J.M. Pérez Tornero (Eds), Proceedings from the II International Conference Gender and Communication (pp. 181-192). Madrid, Spain: Dykinson Editorial/Dykinson Libreria Juridica.