Michelle Stack

Associate Professor
PhD, University of Toronto
Department of Educational Studies

Michelle Stack is the author of Global University Ranking and the Mediatization of Higher Education, and she is editor of a second upcoming book on university rankings and journal impact factors. Michelle has led several courses and workshops focused on building the capacity of scholars and scholar-practitioners to engage media to expand policy debates.  She has also led community engaged research using photovoice and video, and won the 2017 Killam Award for Teaching.  She is a public commentator on education and former senior policy advisor.  Prof. Stacks’ central research interest concerns how people, knowledge and institutions are categorized and the influence of these categorizations on our ability to grapple with “wicked problems” including inequity and climate change.

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Wall Scholars, Michelle Stack, 2020

Michelle Stack
Wall Scholars

As a Wall Scholar, Prof. Stack hopes to expand conversations around a networked approach of academics, activists, educators, and students to uncover the values and beliefs behind rankings, while offering space for the development of approaches to education that are grounded in social, environmental, and cognitive justice.  Drawing on emerging work around arts and concepts of collectivity as a counter to intense competition and alienation, Prof. Stack will work with interested Wall Scholars and others in theatre, film, journalism, and creative writing to expand public conversations around rankings. Much of the critical research on rankings is in academic journals that may have a high impact in academic circles, but little influence on public discourse and policy framing. She plans to organize and host a series of events with a particular focus on using arts-based approaches to discuss what education beyond rankings might look and feel like.

International Research Roundtables, Michelle Stack, 2017

Michelle Stack
Mary Lynn Young
What do rankings tell us about higher education? International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

What Do Rankings Tell Us about Higher Education? International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Michelle Stack, Department of Educational Studies, UBC; Dr. Mary Lynn Young, School of Journalism, UBC; Dr. André Mazawi, Department of Educational Studies, UBC; Dr. Mayumi Ishikawa, Centre for Global Initiatives, Osaka University, Japan

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