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Megan M. Boler is Professor in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies, at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education/University of Toronto; and Associate Faculty of Knowledge Media Design Institute. Her books include Feeling Power: Emotions and Education(Routledge 1999); Democratic Dialogue in Education: Troubling Speech, Disturbing Silences (Peter Lang, 2004); and Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times (MIT Press, 2008). She is the recipient of two major research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council: the first 3-year project, “Rethinking Media, Citizenship and Democracy: Digital Dissent after 9/11,” used mixed-methods to examine the motivations of producers of “digital dissent”– digital media practices that challenge corporate-owned news media. Her current funded 3-year project focuses on how young people’s social media practices are redefining what counts as civic engagement and participatory democracy. Her web-based productions include a study guide to accompany the documentary The Corporation (dirs. Achbar and Abbott 2003), and the multimedia website Critical Media Literacy in Times of War.

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