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Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

Dr. Megan Boler

Professor
Department of Theory and Policy Studies
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at The University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6
megan.boler@utoronto.ca

Megan M. Boler is a Professor in the History and Philosophy of Education in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies. She is Associate Faculty of the Center for the Study of United States and the Knowledge Media Design Institute, also at UT. Her books include Feeling Power: Emotions and Education (NY: Routledge 1999); Democratic Dialogue in Education: Troubling Speech, Disturbing Silences (M. Boler, ed., Peter Lang, 2004); and Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2008). She recently completed a three-year funded research project, “Rethinking Media, Citizenship and Democracy: Digital Dissent after 9/11,” which used mixed-methods to investigate the motivations of producers of “digital dissent”–practices of digital media to counter mainstream media. She is presently a co-investigator of a SSHRC project on “Voices of Digital Natives” with PI Dr. Jason Nolan (Ryerson University) and Dr. Jennifer Jenson (York University). Her current research focuses on political satire, social and political uses of digital media, and uses of the Internet for civic engagement. During her 2011 research leave she will be focused on an edited book project on the intellectual legacies of the University of California History of Consciousness Graduate Program with interviews of its core faculty, including Donna Haraway and James Clifford. Research findings and publications can be found on www.meganboler.net.

Her web-based productions include a study guide to accompany the documentary, The Corporation (dirs. Achbar and Abbott 2003), and the multimedia website Critical Media Literacy in Times of War, http://www.ncr.vt.edu/mediaproject/home.htm. Boler’s essays have been published in such journals as Educational Theory, Cultural Studies, and Women’s Studies Quarterly; recent publications include M. Boler, Guest Editor with Ted Gournelos, “Irony and Politics: User-Producers, Parody, and Digital Publics,” Electronic Journal of Communication (September 2008). She teaches graduate courses in philosophy, cultural studies, feminist theory, media studies; and social equity courses in OISE Initial Teacher Education program, and media studies at the Knowledge Media Design Institute at University of Toronto.

Projects:

America Strikes Back? Critical Media Literacy in Times of War

Virtual Curriculum: The Corporation