FIMS Profile

Mr. Percy Sherwood

FIMS & Nursing Building Room 4039
Phone: 519-709-7018

University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
Fax: 519-661-3506
asherwoo@uwo.ca
  • About Me

  • Education

  • Publications

  • Awards

  • Research

I’m a communications professional, journalist and SSHRC CGS-D scholar.

I write extensively on Canadian and American anti-terror law. My academic work has appeared in the peer-reviewed Western Journal of Legal Studies and my latest research conducted at the University of Cambridge has been published in the UVU Journal of National Security. My news stories created for The Canadian Press have been widely published across major news outlets such as The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, CTV News, National Post, and CBC News.

I also work for the federal government, with experience in Canada's economic, science and national security portfolios. I've written hundreds of news releases, media advisories and ministerial speeches for a regional development agency called Western Economic Diversification Canada. I also tracked the impacts of the largest governmental program on climate change and adaptation—an initiative representing $22-million in funding—at Natural Resources Canada. 

While I’m away from work and school, I travel on the cheapest fares I can find. Reach out to me if you like talking politics, journalism, national security or Seinfeld.

LinkedIn profile

  • 2018 - Present: PhD, Media Studies
    Western University
  • 2019: International Security and Intelligence Program
    University of Cambridge
  • 2017 - 2018: Master of Media in Journalism & Communication (MMJC)
    Western University
  • • Gold medallist for achieving the highest overall standing in the program.
• Awarded $11,300 in scholarships for academic performance.
  • 2016 - 2017: Master of Arts in Political Science
    Western University
  • 2011- 2016: Honours Bachelor of Social Science with Major in Political Science (Co-op) and Minor in Sociology Cum Laude
    University of Ottawa

PUBLICATIONS

Refereed Journal Articles

Percy Sherwood, “Terrorism and its legal aftermath: The limits on freedom of expression in Canada’s Anti-terrorism Act & National Security Act,” UVU Journal of National Security 3, no. 2 (2019): 19-28. Available online

Percy Sherwood, “Tracing the American State of Exception from the George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump Presidencies”, Western Journal of Legal Studies 8, no. 1 (2018): 1-19. Available online.

Selected Professional News Stories

Percy Sherwood, “New website lets you navigate the PATH on your phone”, Toronto Star (10 July 2018).

Adina Bresge, Alex Cooke, Morgan Lowrie, Percy Sherwood, “Canadians celebrate mix of pageantry, modern twists in royal wedding”, National Post (19 May 2018).

Percy Sherwood, “World Cup final: Fans share who they’ll cheer for”, The Canadian Press (11 July 2018).

Percy Sherwood, “Supporters cheer on Doug Ford after he becomes Ontario premier”, National Post (29 June 2018).

Percy Sherwood, “ParticipAction study says exercise can help brain health for kids with autism and ADHD”, Toronto Star (19 June 2018).

Percy Sherwood, “Senators pass cannabis legalization bill”, Toronto Star (19 June 2018).

CONFERENCE ACTIVITY/PARTICIPATION

Papers Presented
“Freedom of expression in Canada’s Anti-terrorism Act & National Security Act”, UVU Journal of National Security Authors’ Panel (21 November 2019), Orem, Utah.

“Tracing the American State of Exception in the ‘War on Terror’ from Bush, Obama, to Trump,” Electro-Governance Group Speaker Series (8 March 2019), London, Ontario.

“The fear and biopolitical control of the ‘terrorist other’”, Biopolitics in Many Ways:  Ryerson University’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (16 February 2019), Toronto, Ontario.

“The ‘State of Exception’ Today: 9/11’s Revolutionary Effect on Law, War and Bodies”, Western Law’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference: Law: Stagnation, Evolution or Revolution? (18-19 May 2017), London, Ontario.

“Auto-Exceptionalism”, An AUTO- Experiment: Acadia University’s Social and Political Thought Conference (5-7 May 2017), Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Poster Presentations 
“Terrorism and Biopolitics,” Western Research Forum (22 March 2019), London, Ontario.

“What is Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform?,” Canada in a Changing Climate: Natural Resources Canada’s Climate Change Conference (22 October 2014), Ottawa. 

Campus or Departmental Talks
“How Free is the Public Sphere in an Era of Algorithms?” Information and the Public Sphere, (28 November 2019), London, Ontario. 

“‘The System Was Blinking Red’: Was 9/11 an intelligence failure?,” War on Terror, (18 September 2019), London, Ontario.

MEDIA COVERAGE
Richard Joseph, “Percy Sherwood: the pragmatic idealist”, The Western Gazette (3 December 2017), available online.

Sabrina Fracassi, “Pressing matters: studying journalism in an age of cuts”, The Western Gazette (4 December 2017), available online.

  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, 2020-23, ($105,000).
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Western University, 2020-21, $15,000 (declined for SSHRC).
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Western University, 2019-20, $15,000.
  • Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award, Western University, 2019, $500.
  • Travel Subsidy, Society of Graduate Students, 2019, $500.
  • Western Graduate Research Scholarship, Western University, 2018-19, $20,067.
  • J.B. McGeachy Gold Medal and Prize in Journalism, Western University, 2018, $800.
  • The London CAC/Rogers Cable T.V. Student Research Awards in Journalism, Western University, 2018, $1,600.
  • Norman Jewison Admission Scholarship in Journalism, Western University, 2017, $5,000.
  • Mary Helen Sweeney Scholarship, Western University, 2017, $4,600.
  • Susan Kennedy Grant Memorial Entrance Scholarship, Western University, 2017, $900.
  • Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award, Western University, 2017, $500.
  • Travel Subsidy, Society of Graduate Students, 2017, $500.
  • Western Graduate Research Scholarship, Western University, 2016-2017, $17,900.
  • Dean’s Honour List, University of Ottawa, 2016.
  • Director of Communications’ Special Recognition, Western Economic Diversification Canada, 2016.
  • Merit Award, Natural Resources Canada, 2014.
  • University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship, University of Ottawa, 2011, $4,000.