John has been working in the Internet and new media since the early 1990s. His professional background includes web development, content management, electronic publishing, SGML & XML, learning technologies, and virtual communities. John was a member of the first Master of Publishing cohort at SFU in 1995/96.
After working on educational technology at the BC’s Open Learning Agency through the late 1990s, he took a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of British Columbia where his research focused on the cultural history of personal and educational computing at Xerox PARC in the 1970s.
John has taught in the Publishing Program at SFU since 2001, and became the Director of the program in 2014. He currently teaches the MPub seminar PUB800 – Text & Context and the undergraduate foundations course, PUB101 – The Publication of Self in Everyday Life.
John’s current research involves the evolution of the scholarly monograph, the digitization of SFU Library’s 16th century Aldine Collection, and historical research on digital innovation at Toronto’s Coach House Press in the 1970s. See our Research Activities page for more details. John is a board member with the Alcuin Society, and he teaches a course on Text Processing Techniques & Traditions at DHSI each June.
John is almost a BC native (he was born east of the Rockies but has lived on the coast most of his life). He’s married with a couple of kids and 3/4 of a cat. On Twitter and instagram: @jmaxsfu
Director and Associate Professor
John Maxwell, BA, MPub, PhD (UBC)
Technology, Digital Media, History of Publishing, History of Technology, Content Management, Policy, Copyright.