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Megan Boler

Megan Boler
Associate Chair, Social Justice Education

phone: (416) 978-1231

Department: Social Justice Education

Research Overview

Megan Boler's interdisciplinary research and teaching interests include:

* politics of digital and social media
* politics of emotion and affect theory
* social implication of technologies
* media education
* communications and media studies
* social movement studies
* race, class, and gender in education and media

Curriculum Vitae

Academic History

PhD, History of Consciousness Program, University of California, Santa Cruz (1993)
Graduate studies, Philosophy, Bryn Mawr College, 1983-84.
B.A. Philosophy, Mills College, Oakland, CA (1982)

Teaching Overview

Graduate seminars taught at OISE:

SJE1447 - Technology and Education : Philosophical Perspectives
SJE6002 - Philosophies of Affect and Emotion
SJE3417 - Critical, Feminist, and Radical Pedagogies
SJE1465 - Concepts of Community
SJE - Media and Social Movements

Representative Publications


M. Boler and E Davis. Affective Politics of Digital Media: Propaganda By Other Means. Routledge (2020)

M. Ratto and M. Boler, (Eds.) DIY Citizenship: Critical Making and Social Media. Cambridge, MIT Press (January 2014)

V. Bozalek, B. Leibowitz, R. Carollissen, and M. Boler (Eds). Discerning Critical Hope in Education, London: Routledge (2014)

Boler, M. (ed.) (2008/2010). Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times. Cambridge: MIT Press (Critics Choice Award, American Educational Studies Association 2010)

Boler. M. (2004). Democratic Dialogue in Education: Troubling Speech, Disturbing Silence. New York: Peter Lang.

Boler, M. (1999). Feeling Power: Emotions and Education. (Routledge, 1999). (Critics Choice Award, American Educational Studies Association 2000)

Selected Invited/Refereed Journal Articles And Book Chapters

Boler, M. “Affect and Emotion in Digital and Neo-Liberal Spaces,” PMLA Journal of the Modern Language Association (volume 130, number 5 forthcoming 2015).

Boler, M. and J. Phillips, “Repurposing corporate-owned tools for radical change: entanglements with social media,” Fibreculture Journal Special Issue 24: Entanglements- activism and technology. Eds. Pip Shea, Jean Burgess, and Tanya Notley (forthcoming 2015).

Boler, M. “From Existentialism to Virtuality,” in Ed. Leanord Waks, Leaders in Philosophy of Education, Intellectual Self-Portraits (Second Series) Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2014.

Boler, M. and C. Nitsou, “Women Activists within the Leaderless Occupy Wall Street: Consciousness-Raising and Connective Action in Hybrid Social Movements,” in McCaughey, M.(ed), Cyberactivism and the Participatory Web, NY: Routledge (2014).

Reilly, Ian and Megan Boler. “Satire and Social Change: The Rally to Restore Sanity and the Future of Politics,” Communication, Culture and Critique (2014)

Boler, M., A. Macdonald, C. Nitsou, and A. Harris, (2014) “Connective labor and social media: Women’s key roles in the ‘leaderless’ Occupy Movement,” Special Issue, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies.

Boler, M and S. Nemorin. “21st Century Propaganda: the Shifting Landscape of News,” in Oxford University Handbook of Propaganda, eds. R Castronovo and J Auerbach. (2013)

Boler, M. “Making Claims: The Responsibilities of Qualitative Researcher,” in Methodological Dilemmas of Qualitative Research, ed. Kathleen Gallagher, ed., (Routledge 2008).
Burwell, Catherine and M. Boler, "Calling on the Colbert Nation: Fandom, Politics and Parody in an Age of Media Convergence," Electronic Journal of Communication/La Revue Electronique de Communication ed. by Megan Boler and Ted Gournelos. v.18 no 2, September 2008.

M. Boler, Guest Editor with Ted Gournelos, “Irony and Politics: User-Producers, Parody, and Digital Publics,” Electronic Journal of Communication   (July 2008) 

Boler, M. “Hypes, Hopes, and Actualities: Representations of Bodies and Difference in Text-Based Digital Communication,” New Media and Society (vol. 9, no .1, February 2007) 


Professional Activities

Megan Boler received her Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness, University of California Santa Cruz. Previously Associate Department Chair, she is also Affiliate Faculty at the following UT programs: Center for the Study of United States, Knowledge Media Design Institute, Institute for Women's and Gender Studies, and Cinema Studies. She is currently working with a research team of OISE graduate reseach assistants on a three-year funded SSHRC project, "Sociable Media in the Hands of Young Citizens," and recently completed another three-year SSHRC funded research project, Rethinking Media, Citizenship and Democracy: Digital Dissent after 9/11, through interviews and surveys examines the motivations of producers of digital dissent--practices of digital media to counter mainstream media. 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. She teaches philosophy, cultural studies, feminist theory, media studies, social equity courses in Teacher Education program, and media studies at the Knowledge Media Design Institute at University of Toronto.

Other Information

Web-Based Projects & Research Projects:

Critical Media Literacy in Times of War

The Corporation, study guides (documentary film, Dir. Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott, 2005)

Social Justice Resource Database