Area(s) of ExpertiseAcademic Writing - ELL, Comics and Graphic Texts, creative writing
Michelle is a recent graduate of the PhD in York University's Language, Culture and Teaching program and a prior graduate of the MFA in creative writing at UBC. She researches representations of girls' adolescence in contemporary coming of age comic books, as well as the pleasures and the pressures of reading as an intellectual and emotional practice.
At OCADU, she teaches in the first year writing program, as well as a fourth year seminar on comics.
Her teaching (and writing and learning) practice is inspired by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, who writes:
Beyond that, I thought some readers would join me in finding the working-out of the experiment educative and oddly funny. And I pictured it making a few heads explode. Whose pedagogical desire could go further than that?
June 2015 - Ph.D. in Language, Culture & Teaching, Faculty of Education. York University.
Dissertation: Reading Through the Doldrums: Engaging Adolescence Reparatively With/In Contemporary Coming of Age Comic Texts.
April 2009 - Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing, Fiction and Non-Fiction. University of British Columbia.
Thesis: Getting By (a novel)
June 2007 - Master of Education (M.Ed) in Policy Studies. University of Western Ontario.
Thesis: Posters of a 'Girl:' On the Cultivated Public Image of the Miss G__ Project
Apr. 2005 -Bachelor of Education (B.Ed), Intermediate/ Senior English and Religious Studies. University of Western Ontario.
Sept. 2000 "Apr. 2004 Bachelor of Arts, High Honours in English Literature. Carleton University.
Awards \ Grants
2014-2015 - Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15 000), York University
2013-2014 - Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15 000), York University
2012-2013 - Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15 000), York University
2011-2012 - Ontario Graduate Scholarship ($15 000), York University
2009-2010 - Graduate Scholarship ($5000), York University
2008-2009 - Bruce M. Robinson Memorial Scholarship ($3000), University of British Columbia
2007 - Michele Landsberg Award for Media Activism (shortlist)
Fields, J., Gilbert, J., & Miller, M. (2015). Sexuality and Education: Toward the Promise of Ambiguity. in Handbook of Sexualities (pp. 371-87), J. DeLamater and R. Plante (eds). New York: Springer.
Miller, M. (2015). Reading Through the Doldrums: Engaging Adolescence Reparatively With/In Contemporary Coming of Age Comic Texts. Toronto: York University (unpublished dissertation).
Miller, M. (2008). Branding Miss G__: Third Wave Feminists and the Media. Toronto: Sumach/ Scholar's Press.