Michael D. Kehler, PhD

Research Professor in Masculinities Studies in Education,
Werklund School of Education,
University of Calgary.

 Michael Kehler has recently accepted the post as Research Professor in Masculinities’ Studies in Education at the University of Calgary, Werklund School of Education. His research addresses the intersection of gender and education more broadly and specifically explores masculinities, schooling, literacies, men as change agents, counter sexist politics, body image, health education, bullying, homophobia and team sport. His ongoing research centers on the ways boys and men navigate school spaces and learn what it means to be a man.  Largely drawing on masculinities scholarship and feminist research, Dr. Kehler has contributed to the field of study in education by challenging more static and linear arguments that conflate gender and sex. His research questions normative masculinity and the power, privilege and positioning of men within and beyond school settings. With funding from both the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Michael has developed national and international collaborative projects addressing masculinities, health education and body image.  He is widely quoted and appears as a guest with  media outlets both national and internationally including the CBC National News, CTV, Global News, The Canadian Press, The National Post and local media, radio stations. He is co-editor (with Michael Atkinson) of Boys’ Bodies: Speaking the Unspoken (Peter Lang) and co-editor of the Problem with Boys’ Education: Beyond the Backlash with Drs. W. Martino and M. Weaver-Hightower. His research is found in national and international journals including:  Boyhood Studies: An interdisciplinary journal, International Journal of Men’s Health, Culture, Society and Masculinities, McGill Journal of Education, Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies and the Canadian Journal of Education. Further information and contact can be made at https://werklund.ucalgary.ca/masculinities