Maggie MacDonald is a PhD candidate researching pornography platforms, with a graduate specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies. Her dissertation project considers changing dynamics for work, markets, governance and cultural production under platformization using the case of Pornhub.
MacDonald is a 2024 Massey Junior Fellow, 2023 Connaught Fellow, and her work is supported through a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS-Doctoral Scholarship. During her doctoral studies, MacDonald’s research has been published in New Media & Society, First Monday, Synoptique, The Canadian Journal of Communication and The Walrus, and she currently works with Pornhub directly on porn industry issues and platform governance as a member of their parent company’s advisory board. Finally, she is supported by a strong local union with CUPE 3902. Workers of the world, unite!