Associate Professor

Individual Research Interests

university rankings, knowledge translation, ableism, photovoice, journal impact factors

Research Supervision Interests

cooperatives and postsecondary education

university rankings

equity and education

media and educational policy

knowledge translation

media and educational leadership

educational policy and politics


 Michelle Stack (PI). Ph.D., is an associate professor and in the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia. Her research is focused on educational equity, interdisciplinary knowledge translation and university rankings.  She is the author of Global University Ranking and the Mediatization of Higher Education,  and co-editor of a book with Dr. André Mazawi, Course Syllabi in Faculties of Education Bodies of Knowledge and their Discontents, International and Comparative Perspectives. She recently received a grant from the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies to develop a working group focusing on the possibilities of cooperatives for building resilience in higher learning in the face of epidemics and climate change.   

A recentvideo created for first-year students



Anthropology – University of Alberta, BA, Hons
Canadian Studies – Carleton University, MA
Applied Language Studies – Carleton University, MA
OISE/University of Toronto , PhD


Killam Teaching Award

Research Projects

Public Affairs Directors in Universities as Boundary Setters

Role: Principal Investigaor, Granting Agency UBC Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Research Fund

Bridging the Divide between Academe and Journalism: Design Research into Student Journalists’ Engagement with Academic Sources

Role: Principal Investigator, Co-investigators – Deirdre Kelly, Dave Beers, Mary-Lynn Young, Granting agency: UBC Hampton Fund

Developing Literacies: Youth-Adult Collaborative Media Education

Role:Principal Investigator, Granting agency: SSHRC

Journalists, Policymakers and What Happens in Schools: An Analysis of the Relationship Between Journalists and Educational Policymakers Current
May, 2020May, 2021

Role: Principal Investigator Granting Agency: Hampton

COVID19 Response: Building Higher Learning Resilience in the Face of Epidemics Completed
April, 2017April, 2019

Funder: Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Housing and food options on or close to campuses are beyond the incomes of many people living and working at post-secondary institutions. In addition, students, staff and faculty have caregiving responsibilities that leave them and those they care for in precarious situations that are worsened when a crisis such as COVID hits. Cooperatives can provide a safety net and a sense of belonging in the face of epidemics.
COVID 19 will likely result in a decline in revenue for the post-secondary sector. Recent analysis point to the likelihood of a dramatic decline in the number of international students, on which many universities rely. Government and philanthropic funding are also likely to decline. During this time of uncertainty, we have an opportunity to decrease inequity rather than amplify it. Cooperatives have a track record of success.

Newcomer Mothers learn about Canadian schools and expand conversations about what a good education is and could be

John and Doris Andrews Research and Development Award

The Belonging Project: A Photovoice Project With High School Students

Jacqueline Farquhar Award

What Do Rankings Tell Us About Higher Education? International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Peter Wall International Roundtable

Knowledge Mobilization: Expanding Cross-Cultural Conversations about Mental health and illness

Shastri Indo- Canadian Fund

Selected Publications


(a)             Edited


Mazawi, A., & Stack, M. (Eds.)  (2020). Course Syllabi in Faculties of Education: Bodies of Knowledge and their Discontents, International and Comparative Perspectives. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic Publishers.  (Contribution: 50%)


Stack, M. (Ed). (in press, 2021). University rankings and the politics of knowledge. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 



(b)             Chapters (Peer Reviewed)

Janz, H. & Stack, M. (2020). Our thirty-five year journey through ableism and the education of teachers. In A. Mazawi & M. Stack (Eds.), Bodies of knowledge: Teacher education in diverse contexts: Bloomsbury Academic Publishers.


Stack, M. (2015). Global University Rankings and the Mediatization of Higher Education. Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education.




 Stack, M. (2019). Academic stars and university rankings in higher educational: Impacts on policy and practice, Policy Reviews in Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/23322969.2019.1667859


Stack, M. & Wang, F. (2018). Students perceptions of belonging: A photovoice participatory action research project. Canadian Journal of Action Research,19 (1) 48-66. file:///Users/michellestack/Downloads/375-Article%20Text-768-1-10-20180911%20(1).pdf


 Stack, M (2013) The Times Higher Education ranking product: visualising excellence through media, Globalisation, Societies and Education, 11:4, 560-582, DOI: 10.1080/14767724.2013.856701


 Kelly, Deirdre and Michelle Stack (2011). ‘Bridging journalistic-academic divides to promote democratic dialogue and debate’. Knowledge Mobilization and Educational Research: Politics, Languages and Responsibilities. Routledge Books.


Stack, (2010). ‘Spin as symbolic capital: The fields of journalism and education policy- making: A Bourdieuan reading’. International Journal of Leadership in Education. 13.2: 107 – 119.


Stack, M. (2010). “In movies, someone always has to play the bad guy”: Mediatized subjectivities and youth media production’. Nordic Journal of English Studies. 9.3 : 197 – 217.


Stack, Michelle. (2009). ‘Video production and youth-adult collaboration: Openings and dilemmas’. McGill Journal of Education. 44.2: 299 – 318.


 Stack, Michelle and Andre Mazawi. (2009). ‘New administrative frontiers” as “technologies of governance: The discursive construction of educational leadership in British Columbia’. Management in Education. 23.4: 71 – 77.


Stack, Michelle. (2007). ‘Representing school success and failure: Media coverage of international tests’. Policy Futures in Education. 5.1: 100 – 110.


Stack, M. (2007). ‘Constructing “common-sense” policies for schools: The role of journalists in the construction of “mainstream” stories about education’. International Journal of Leadership in Education. 10.3: 247 – 264.


Stack, M & Kelly,D. (2006). ‘Popular media, education, and resistance’. Canadian Journal of Education. 29.1: 5 – 26.



Educational Leadership in British Columbia; Co- investigators: Michelle Stack (Co-Principal Investigator), D. Coulter (Co-Principal Investigator),G. Grosjean (Co- Principal Investigator), G. Smith (Co-Principal Investigator), (Co-Principal Investigator), A. Mazawi (Co-Principal Investigator).


   Ways of Knowing Episode 1: Michelle Stack. (2019, October 25). Retrieved November 4, 2019, from Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies website:



Stack, M. (Sept 13, 2019). Ignore university rankings, but make higher education an election issue. The Conversation. Retrieved from


Stack, M. (Oct 5, 2018). Why I’m not surprised Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland isn’t a full professor. The Conversation. Retrieved donna-strickland-isnt-a-full-professor-104459


Stack, M. (2017, Sept 5) Let’s focus on education not university Rankings. The Globe and Mail.


Janz, H. L., & Stack, M. (April 27, 2017). Think disability is a tragedy? We pity you. The Conversation Canada. Retrieved from



Stack, M. (2014).”Vomitorium of Venom”: Framing culpable youth, bewildered adults, and the death, Debates for the Digital Age: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of our Online World. ABCCLIO/Greenwood.



 Stack, M. (2011). Spectacles. Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture. Southerton, Dale. Routledge Books.


 Stack, M. (2008). Media as pedagogue and policy actor: Claiming space for alternative frames. Battleground schools: An encyclopedia of conflict and controversy. Mathison, Sandra and Wayne Ross: 400 – 406. Greenwood Publishing.


 Stack, M. (2007).  ‘Endorsing an angel: Peggy Claude-Pierre, the media and psychology. ‘. The Praeger handbook of education and psychology. Ed. J.L.  Kincheloe , R.A.  Horn. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers: 400 – 409.


Students Supervised

Shirley Lew (Ed.D)

Henry Lee (Ed.D)

Kealin McCabe (Ed.D)

Sameena Jamal (Ph.D candidate)

Jingwun Liang (MA)

Daljit Gill-Badesha  (Ed.D co-supervision with Dr. Mazawi)


Dr. Virgina Rego (Ed.D)

Dr. Amea Wilbur (Ed.D)

Dr. Chris Gratham (Ed.D)

Dr. Todd Ormiston (Ed.D co-supervised with senior supervisor Dr. Archibald)

Dr, John Vellacott (Ed.D)

Béene Savage (MA)

Beth Pinney (MA)

Yu Guo (MA)

Joanna Da- Sylva (MA)

Sarah Ann Mills (MA)

Vivian Luk (MA)

Jacqueline Ronson (MA)



Courses Taught

EDST 401: Education, Schools and Social Institutions

EDST 602: Doctoral Seminar

EDST 565: Special Topics, 1) Media, Education Policy and Leadership, 2) Collaborative Media Production with Youth

EDST 577: The Social Context of Educational Policy

EADM 554: Education Leadership and Policy

EADM 501: Research Traditions in Educational Administration

EADM 553: Educational Leadership Group Inquiry (Capstone)

EDST 508:  Research Methods

EDST 565: Knowledge, Media and Educational Leadership (An animated course description)

EDST 503A: Ethnography and Education

Community Work

I have given a number of workshops on media education to youth and adults. I welcome opportunities to speak with media, small or large groups about educational policy,  media education and university rankings.