Photo of Michelle Miller stafford
michellemiller@faculty.ocadu.ca
Photo of Michelle Miller stafford
Michelle Miller stafford
Instructor
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences
michellemiller@faculty.ocadu.ca

Area(s) of Expertise

Academic Writing - ELL, Comics and Graphic Texts, creative writing

Overview

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?

Education

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)

Selected Publications

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.