• Ph.D. History of Consciousness, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1993
  • Graduate Studies in Philosophy, Bryn Mawr College, 1983-84
  • B.A. Philosophy, Mills College, Phi Beta Kappa, 1982


  • 2018-19           Associate Chair, Department of Social Justice Education, OISE/UT
  • 2013     Invited Scholar, Monash University, School of Education
  • 2012-13           Associate Chair, Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education
  • 2009-present  Full Professor, OISE/University of Toronto, Department of Social Justice Education
  • 2003-2008       Associate Professor, Theory and Policy Studies, Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto
  • 2007-2010       Associate Chair, Department of Theory and Policy Studies Program Coordinator, History and Philosophy of Education Group
  • 2011-present   Affiliated Faculty, Cinema Studies
  • 2007-present   Affiliated Faculty, Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies
  • 1998-2003        Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA



  • M. Boler and E. Davis (Eds.)  Affective Politics of Digital Media: Propaganda By Other Means, London: Routledge Press (2021)
  • M. Ratto and M. Boler (Eds.) DIY Citizenship: Critical Making and Social Media,            Cambridge, MIT Press (2014)
  • V. Bozalek, B. Leibowitz, R. Carollissen, and M. Boler (Eds.) Discerning Critical Hope in Education, London: Routledge (2013)
  • M. Boler (Ed.) Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times. Cambridge: MIT Press  (2008) 
  • Critics Choice Award, American Educational Studies Association 2010
  • Boler. M. (Ed.) (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

Special Journal Issues

  • E. Davis and M. Boler, Eds. (forthcoming, 2021) “The Politics of Emotion Beyond the End of History,” Cultural Studies: Special Journal Issue. 
  • M. Boler and T. Gournelos, Eds. (2008) “Irony and Politics,” Electronic Journal of Communication/La Revue Electronique de Communication ed. by v.18 no 2.

Selected Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Boler, M. & Davis, E. (2018). “The affective politics of the ‘post-truth’ era: Feeling rules and networked subjects.” Emotion, Space and Society, Volume 27, 75-85
  • Boler,  M. (2018). “Dilemmas of Conceptualizing Affect and Emotion: Towards a critical interdisciplinary methodology.” In K. Gallagher, Ed. The Methodological     Dilemma Revisited NY: Routledge.
  • Boler, M. (2015) “Feminist politics of emotions and critical digital pedagogies: A call to action.” PMLA Journal. 130.5: 1489-1496.
  • Boler, M. and J. Phillips. “Entanglements with Media and Technologies in the Occupy Movement.” The Fibreculture Journal Special Issue: Entanglements–Activism and Technology (2015).
  • Reilly, Ian and Megan Boler. “The Rally to Restore Sanity, prepoliticization, and the future of politics.” Communication, Culture & Critique 7.4 (2014): 435-452.
  • Boler, M., A. Macdonald, C. Nitsou, and A. Harris, “Connective labor and socialmedia: Women’s key roles in the ‘leaderless’ Occupy Movement,” Special Issue, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, forthcoming 2014.
  • 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)

Selected Non-Refereed Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Media Publications

  • Boler, Megan, with Michalinos Zembylas. “Interview with Megan Boler: From ‘Feminist Politics of Emotions’ to the ‘Affective Turn’.” Methodological advances in research on emotion and education. Springer International Publishing, 2016. 17-30.
  • 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).
  • Boler, M. “Truth and Sensemaking in Digital Dissent,” Routledge Companion to Alternative and Community Media, ed. Chris Atton (London: Routledge 2015).


  • PI, Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge, “Exploring Affect and Digital Media in the 2019 
  • Canadian Election,” University of Ottawa ($43,000) 2019-20
  • PI, SSHRC Insight Grant, “Affective Media, Social Movements, and Digital Dissent: Emotions and Democratic Participation in the ‘Post-Truth’ Era” (2019-2022); (submitted October 2017; again, October 2018; awarded March 2019) ($127,000)
  • PI, SSHRC Connections Grant, (2018-19)”Affect, Propaganda, and Political Imagination: New Directions of Interdisciplinary Research Symposium, to be held June 7-9, 2019. ($12500)
  • PI, Social Science and Humanities Research Council Grant, “Sociable Media in the Hands of Young Citizens: Evolving Forms of Participatory Democracy,” 2010-2013, $75,000.

Selected Invited Lectures/Presentations

  • October 2019 Panelist, Comparative Approached to Disinformation, Harvard University
  • October 2019 Invited Participant, High Level Symposium, European Union Media Commission, Rome, Italy
  • June 2019 Invited Panelist, “The social, cultural, and political underpinnings of the ‘post-truth’ world: Making Orwell fiction again,” Worldviews Media and Higher Education Conference, Toronto
  • April 2019 “Skeptical and Affective Literacies: Redefining Critical Media Pedagogies in a ‘Post-Truth’ Era,” Invited Presidential Speaker Session, American Educational Research Association, Toronto
  • January 2018 Invited Panelist, “The Limits of Empathy,” three-day panel series at Modern Language Association Convention, New York
  • February 2018 Invited Keynote, McLuhan Salon Keynote sponsored by the Canadian Embassy of Germany and transmediale, Berlin, Germany
  • February 2018 Invited Advisor, Canadian Federal Youth Secretariat, Ottawa
  • February 2018 Invited Panelist, Canadian Federal Government Communications Conference, “Fake News” (Ottawa)
  • April 9, 2018 Invited Keynote, UTSC Teaching Conference, “The Affective Politics of Teaching and Learning: From a Pedagogy of Discomfort to Critical Hope”
  • November 2018 Invited Panelist, “Interrogating The “Alt Right”, White Nationalism, and Trumpism,” CIARS Decolonizing Conference, OISE/UT
  • November 2018 Invited Panelist, Sexism and Violence in Cyberspace, (sponsored by the Writing & Rhetoric Program at Innis College and Journalists for Human Rights, U of T Chapter)
  • November 2018 Invited Panelist, ““An evening on a media theory for war,” McLuhan Center for Technology and Culture
  • September 2017 Invited Keynote, “Beyond Reason: Emotion and Affect in Post-Truth Information Warfare,” Media Meets Literacy Sarajevo, Evens Foundation, Bosnia
  • May 2017 Invited Keynote, “(Dis)Comfort Zones: Negotiating Tensions and Cultivating Belonging in Diverse College Classrooms in Quebec,” Conference Organized by Department of English, Vanier College, Montreal, QC

Educational and Web-based Curriculum Projects

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