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 primary goal is to challenge what is often seen as common sense and to integrate other ways of thinking and knowing about problems and possible solutions. To do this work, Michelle focuses on collaboration and bridging the knowledge of diverse communities including children and youth, activists, practitioners, journalists, academics and policymakers to the research process.
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 around mutual issues of interest specifically focused on media representations of mental illness and community-based projects to challenge stigma. She has since received funding for research that engages students and community members on this topic in Vancouver and Mumbai. In 2013, Michelle was an invited scholar at Emory Law School based on her work around media coverage of youth, social media and bullying