University of Calgary

Michael Kehler

  • Werklund Research Professor
  • Masculinities Studies

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Originally from Kingston, Ontario, Dr. Kehler completed his undergraduate degree s (B. A. Hons, B.Ed) at Queens’ University. Following years of teaching high school English within Canada and abroad, Dr. Kehler pursued his Ph. D from Michigan State University. He taught at the Faculty of Education and Womens’ Studies at Western University, London, Ontario for 17 years before accepting the positon as Research Professor in Masculinities’ Studies in Education at the University of Calgary, Werklund School of Education.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Kehler’s 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 centres 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. He contributes regularly to CBC, CTV, local as well as international media outlets. He has co-edited several books, has numerous book chapters, in addition to publishing widely internationally in journals including: the McGill Journal of Education, Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, International Journal of Men’s Health, Culture, Society and Masculinities, The Canadian Journal of Education, Thymos: Boyhood Studies, and the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.

Current Projects:

  • Learning and Leading for Equity Knowledge Network-KNAER 2017-2020
  • Moving forward: Schooled bodies, identities, sexting and the curriculum that frames us, SSHRC


PhD Educational Studies
Michigan State University

The University of Western Ontario

Queen's University

BA (Hons)
Queen's University

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Kehler collaborates internationally and has recently developed a network of research between Canada, the UK and Australia. He provides consultation and expertise in the area of equity, gender, homophobia, and sex education with a particular focus on addressing masculinities in education. He has been working actively addressing issues including: The Prevention of Violence Against women (Western University Programming) ; Boys and body image-Thunder Bay District Health Unit; Big Brothers, Big Sisters Association-Working Group.


J. Cassidy and M. Kehler (2018 forthcoming) “Holy gendered resource, Batman!”: Examining the broader application of comics and superhero fiction beyond their restrictive relationship with boys and struggling or disinterested readers. In B. Guzzetti, T. Bean & J. Dunkerly.(eds). Literacies, Sexualities, and Gender: Understanding Identities from Preschool to Adulthood. Taylor & Francis.

Kehler, M (July, 2018) Examining Boys, Bodies and PE Locker Room Spaces. In Michael Kimmel & Michael Messner (Eds), Men’s Lives (10th Ed). Oxford University Press.

Kehler, M. with U. Chaudhry (2018) Body building or building bodies: Improving male body image through Health and Physical Education. What works? Research Into Practice, The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat. April

Kehler, M & J. Cassidy (2017) A literacy landscape unresolved: Beyond the boy crisis and into superhero fiction. Boyhood Studies: An interdisciplinary journal, 10(2)

Kehler, M. (2016) Behind locker-room doors: Knowing why some boys “stay away from each other” (pp. 155-168). In W. Lehmann (Ed.) The Sociology of Education in Canada: Contemporary Debates and Perspectives. Open University Press.

Kehler, M. (2016) Examining boys, bodies and PE locker room spaces: “I don’t’ ever set foot in that locker room” (pp. 202-220). In M. Messner & M. Musto, (Eds.), Child’s Play: Sport in Kids’ Worlds, Rutgers University Press.

Kehler, M., & M. Atkinson (2015) The space between: Boys, bodies and negotiating research subjectivities in physical education. International Journal of Men’s Health, 14(3), pp. 276-289.

Burns, J., & M. Kehler (2014) Boys, bodies and negotiated school spaces: When boys fail the litmus test. Culture, Society and Masculinities, 6, (1), pp. 3-18.


  • 2015 Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connections grant awarded to Kehler and Ringrose. Intended to examine the conservative backlash to the newly revised Ministry of Education HPE curriculum, this award operated to support an international Symposium -Moving forward: Schooled bodies, identities, sexting and the curriculum that frames us, hosted at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. In addition to an academic gathering this award also supported the collaboration between two local high school department and students who were involved in producing art projects that reflected on views of sexualities, sex education and gender identities.
  • 2014 Recipient of the UWO Faculty of Education-Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching –Awarded to teaching Faculty and nominated by students who identify teaching qualities and pedagogical practices that promote meaningful and active learning .
  • 2011Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) awarded to Kehler and Atkinson a Meetings, Planning and Dissemination grant titled- From the Sidelines to the Locker room: Internationalizing Masculinities, bodies and body image. The primary goal of this award was to allow researchers to initiate and develop a collaboration that supports the dissemination and exchange of research through an international set of meetings. Kehler and Atkinson hosted these meetings in London, UK with guest speakers Dr. Carrie Paechter and Dr. Chris Shilling and collaborators Dr. Brendan Gough (Leeds Beckett, UK) and Dr. Murray Drummond (Flinders University, AU)

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