Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto (416) 978-1231
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5S1V6

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Abbreviated CV:

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

2009-present, Professor, Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto

2011-12, Associate Department Chair, Department of Social Justice Education, OISE/UT

2007-2010 Associate Chair, Department of Theory and Policy Studies
Program Coordinator, History and Philosophy of Education Program

2003-2009 Associate Professor, Theory and Policy Studies,
Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto

2006-present Affiliated Faculty, Center for Study of United States, University of Toronto

2003-present Affiliated Faculty, Knowledge Media Design Institute, University of Toronto


DIY CItizenship: Critical Making and Social Media, Eds. Matt Ratto and Megan Boler. Cambridge: MIT Press 2014 (second printing)

Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times (edited collection). Cambridge: MIT Press 2008/2010 (third printing)

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

Feeling Power: Emotions and Education (New York: Routledge 1999)
(Critics Choice Award, American Educational Studies Association 2000)

Editorial Positions
Guest Editor with Ted Gournelos, “Irony and Politics: User-Producers, Parody, and Digital Publics,” Electronic Journal of Communication, September 2008.

Co-Editor (with Dr. Michelle Stack, University of British Columbia), Policy Futures in Education, Special Journal Issue on Media Studies, September 2005. (vol. 5 no. 1, January 2007).

Videos, Directed by Megan Boler and Amber Vellenga (2000)

Web-Based Projects
Web-Based Teaching Guide to accompany The Corporation, a documentary directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott, 2003, on the TVOntario website (OISE-based project with Laura Pinto and Trevor Norris)

Official Study Guide for The Corporation
Zeitgeist films, New York, NY

Critical Media Literacy in Times of War

Diversity Resources Center Searchable Database Education and Social Justice

Selected Refereed Journal Articles And Book Chapters
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)

Pinto, L., M. Boler, and T. Norris. “Conceptions of Literacy in High-Stakes Testing and its Press Coverage in Ontario,” Policy Futures in Education (vol. 5 no. 1, January 2007).

Boler, Megan. “The Daily Show, Crossfire, and the Will to Truth.” Scan Journal of Media Arts Culture. Vol. 3, no. 1 (summer 2006)

Boler, Megan. “The Transmission of Political Critique after 9/11: A New Form of Desperation?.” M/C Journal 9.1 (2006). 03 May. 2006 <>

Boler, M. “Critical Media Literacy and War,” Special Issue on Media Literacy, Orbit Magazine,May 2005.

Boler, M. The Limits of Philosophy in an Epoch of Censure. Response to General Session, Philosophy of Education Society 2004, ed. Chris Higgins (Champaign, Il: Philosophy of Education Society)

Boler, M. Masculinity on Trial: Using Popular Culture to Rethink Gender Roles. Men and Masculinities. M. Kimmel, ed. SUNY (January 2005 v. 7 no. 3 261-269).

Zembylas, M. and M. Boler. On the Spirit of Patriotism: Challenges of a ‘Pedagogy of Discomfort,’ Teachers’ College Record, Special Online Issue on Education and September 11, Fall 2002

Boler, M. and K. Allen. “Whose Naming Whom? Using Independent Video to Teach About the Politics of Representation, Women’s Studies Quarterly Special Issue on Film (Spring/summer 2002, vol 30, nos 1 & 2, 255-270).

Boler, M. “The New Digital Cartesianism: Bodies and Spaces in Online Education,” Philosophy of Education Society 2002 ed. Scott Fletcher (Champaign, Il: Philosophy of Education Society) (2003)

Selected Invited Lectures/Presentations

(2009 February) Invited Keynote, Power Lines: Women Transform the Grid, Biannual Summit, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

(2008 November) Invited Keynote, The Moral of the Story: Art, Culture, Media and Politics
Parkland Institute, University of Alberta, Edmunton Canada

(2008 November) Invited Keynote, Colloquium on Community Self and Identity, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

(2008 October) Invited Keynote, Panel with Dr. Darin Barney and Dr. Douglas Kellner,
University of British Columbia

(2008 February) Invited Keynote, Central Michigan University, Conference of Cyberdemocracy and Citizenship

(2008 February) Invited Panelist, “No End in Sight,” Reel Politiks Film Series, Center for Study of United States

(2007 April) Invited Keynote, Ethics and New Media, Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, Arizona State University

(2006, November) Roundtable on “Information Politics and Life” in the Biopolitics + Technoscience series, University of Toronto [with Dr. Brian Cantwell-Smith, Dr. Andrew Clement, and Dr. Ron Deibert]

(2006, November) “Satire and Dissent: The Daily Show, Blogs and Digital Multimedia,” Salon Voltaire public series, Toronto Gardiner Museum

(2006, August) Invited Panelist, “Digital News Production and Alternative Media,” Journalists for Human Rights, Annual Convention

(2006 May) “Using Media to Engage Ethical Inquiry,” Ontario Philosophy Teachers Association

(2006 May) Invited Keynote, Canadian Association of Information Studies Annual Meeting

(2006 April) Presidential Symposium Session, American Educational Research Association, San Francisco

Social Science and Humanities Research Council Grant, “Rethinking Media, Democracy And Citizenship: New Media Practices And Online Digital Dissent After September 11.” 2005-2008 ($122,000) (Megan Boler, Principle Investigator)

Canadian Council on Learning, Ontario Media Literacy Project, (Megan Boler, Co-PI with Dr.Mark Lipton, Guelph University and Dr. Kari Dehli, OISE/UT).  $40,000

Banff Center for the Arts, Wired Writing Studio, October-March 2006-07

Nominee, TVOntario Big Ideas Award for Best Lecturer, 2005

Outstanding Paper Award, “Qualitative Meta-Analysis for Social Justice: the Creation of an Online Diversity Resource Database,” Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, Atlanta, GA (co-authored with A. Potts, David Hicks, an Peter Doolittle)

Recipient, Diggs’s Teaching Scholar Award, 2002, Virginia Tech University

Invited Participant, Duke University Franklin Center Summer Institute on Globalization, Women, and Development, July 2002, Durham North Carolina

Boler, M. (2001) International Institute of Information Technology, Virginia Tech, Research Grant to produce Critical Media Literacy in Times of War website ($50,000)

Boler, M. (2001) Internationalizing Curriculum: Media Representations of Anti-Arab Racism, University Office of International Programs ($3000).

Boler, M., Carico, K., & Hicks, D. (2001) Searchable Database for Diversity Resources Lab, College of Human Resources and Education ($4000)

Boler, M., Carico, K., & Hicks, D. (2001) Searchable Database for Diversity Resources Lab, Office of Multicultural Affairs ($1000).

Boler, M., Carico, K., & Hicks, D. (2000). Creating cross-departmental multicultural curricula: A case study. Department of Teaching and Learning,Virginia Tech. ($2000).

Boler, M.  Institute for Distance and Distributed Learning, (Virginia Polytechnic and State University), Award to produce 60-minute documentary,, April 2000, $6500

Boler, M. and G. Givens, (1998) Schooling and Diversity Course Development , Excellence in Undergrauate Teaching Center, Virginia Tech.  $3000

Smith, Linda, Megan Boler, and Graham Smith. Marsden Fund Award (The Royal Society of New Zealand) (1997-2000) Maori Education Youth First: Taking Kids’ Talk Seriously ($500,000)

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