Visiting Scholar

Michelle Stack

Michelle Stack, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Educational Studies
The University of British Columbia

Dates of Visit: February 20 – 24, 2017

Purpose of Visit

Dr. Stack will be visiting CHES to explore potential areas of mutual interest and collaboration within the CHES community.


Michelle Stack, PhD, is an associate professor, former senior policy advisor and public commentator on education. Her research interests include university rankings, the role of media in the policymaking process, using multimedia technology as part of research, community and youth engagement, social justice and equity in education. She also consults with school districts, government agencies and non-profits on equity issues.

Her list of scholarly achievements includes a 2015 book on higher education rankings, titled Global University Ranking and the Mediatization of Higher Education. In 2015, she was an invited scholar at SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai India, working with students and faculty on media representations of mental illness and community-based projects to challenge stigma. In 2013, Michelle was an invited scholar at Emory Law School based on her work around media coverage of youth, social media and bullying.

She also writes a popular blog with Sage Social Science blogs on education, contributes weekly as a commentator on the Roundhouse Radio show, Sense of Place. Michelle has led numerous courses and workshops aimed at expanding the capacity of journalists and academics to productively engage with each other.