Associate Professor;
Chair, MA Committee

Individual Research Interests

media and policy, lifelong media education, politics and media, academic-journalist engagement, journalism education

Research Supervision Interests

media and policy
media education
media and leadership
policy and politics


My teaching and research are in the areas of social justice and educational policy and leadership. I am particularly interested in the following areas:  (1) equity policies,  (2) university rankings (3) media and educational leadership,  (4) knowledge translation and exchange (5) engaging youth through media productionSOA. Prior to coming to UBC in 2003 I served as the Communications Director for the BC Children’s Commission. I was also a political advisor to former Minister of Education, Art Charbonneau.  I have worked with children, youth, journalists and educators to understand how to strategically engage with media and policymakers on critical issues of education. I am also interested in how children and youth could be included more in how they are represented in the media and in ensuring equitable resources for young people to create their own media.  At the moment, I am exploring how comedy can be used to facilitate conversations about social justice and equity. I am also very interested in the work of Dr. Martha Fineman and the Vulnerability Project. Here is a short video of some initial work I’m doing in this area.

Michelle Stack on ResearchGate


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

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

Role: Principal Investigator Granting Agency: Hampton

Selected Publications

 IN PRINT, REFEREED: “El tratamiento mediático de la educación en Canadá”(How does the
media cover education in Canada?) Revue internationale d’éducation de Sèvres 66 (2014) 53-60.
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IN PRINT, REFEREED: Stack, Michelle. ‘The Times Higher Education ranking product: visualising excellence through media’. Globalisation, Societies and Education. 11.4 (November 2013): 560 – 582.

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

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

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

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

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

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

IN PRINT, REFEREED: Stack, Michelle. ‘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 (2007): 247 – 264.



Stack, Michelle, A. Mazawi, D.  Coulter,  G.   Grosjean , G.  Smith (2006).  Fostering educational leadership in British Columbia. British Columbia Educational Leadership Center.


Stack, Michelle (2012, December 12). Not whether to cover suicide, but how.  The Globe and Mail.

Stack, Michelle. (2011, January 14). Harry Lali’s good old days.. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 16, 2014, from

Stack, Michelle.  Journalists and academics as public educators, Academic Matters: The Journal of Higher Education.

Stack, Michelle (2012, February) Who are the Real Bullies? The Mark

Stack, Michelle (2012, September) Technology in Schools: More Harm than Good? The Mark


Stack, Michelle (2012, February) Universities in Canada Today: Diversity up?…

Stack, Michelle. (2011, June). Murdoch’s vision of personalized education is about more technology for schools but with a catch. e

Stack Michelle, (2011, May). Shannen’s Dream.

IN PRESS REFEREED –”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 (2014)

IN PRINT: Reprint of: Stack, Michelle. ‘Made for TV: Selling kids’ suffering and creating angels to save them. ‘. Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education. 8.1 (2005): 7 – 22. Taboo: Essays on Culture and Education. Ed. Shirley Steinberg and Cornish Lindsay. Peter Lang, 2010. 179 – 196.


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


IN PRINT: Spectacles. Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture . Southerton, Dale. Routledge Books. 2011.

IN PRINT: 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. 2008.

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

Students Supervised

Current Students  (Supervising)

Amea Wilbur (Ed.D)

Chris Gratham (Ed.D)

Virgina Rego (Ed.D)

Beth Pinney (MA)

Yu Guo (MA)

Joanna Da- Sylva (MA)



Courses Taught


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

EDST 503A: Ethnography and Education
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)

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.


Canadian Society for Studies in Education

Indigenous Education Institute of Canada, Adjunct Member

Center for Leadership and Diversity, Affiliated Member