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Christian Ehret

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Christian Ehret
Contact Information

Education Room 423
(514) 398-4527 Ext. 089777

Email address: 
christian.ehret [at] mcgill.ca
Department of Integrated Studies in Education

Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, Learning, Teaching, and Diversity, with specialization in Language, Literacy, and Culture

M.Ed. University of Georgia, English Education

B.A. (Hons) University of Georgia, majors in English and Comparative Literature

Areas of expertise: 
  • Literacy
  • Writing
  • Digital media and learning
  • Affect and social theory
Current research: 

Professor Ehret’s academic interests focus on developing social theory toward more affective, material, and embodied understandings of literacy and learning with digital media. His research responds to emerging, global dynamics of sociotechnical change that continue to complicate our emotional experiences of literacy and learning, especially what it means and feels like to be human when our communicative practices are augmented with more-than-human technologies, platforms, and algorithms. Dr. Ehret is therefore particularly interested in affective dimensions of learning and literacies in relation to emerging technologies such as extended and virtual reality and artificial intelligence, especially as to how they impact literacy education for children and youth. Dr. Ehret’s interest in these areas is equity-driven and includes the co-design of opportunities to learn with emerging technologies alongside communities where such opportunities have been institutionally and systematically constrained.


“Designing equitable urban learning ecologies for prosocial development with digital media.” Low, B. co-applicant. Halverson, E., Hollett, T., Rowsell, J., Squire, K., academic collaborators. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Partnership Development Grant. 2020-2023

“Génerer et soutenir des opportunités pour apprendre de l’ingéniosité de jeunes des Premières nations avec les médias numériques dans leur vie quotidienne.” / “Generating and sustaining opportunities to learn with digital media from the everyday lives of First Nations youth.” Funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec, Société et culture. 2019-2022


Selected publications: 


Leander, K.M. & Ehret, C. (Eds.). (2019). Affect in literacy teaching and learning: Pedagogies, politics, and coming to know. New York, NY: Routledge.

Journal editing and editorials

Ehret, C. & Rowsell, J. (Eds.) (2021). Literacy, affect, and uncontrollability. Reading Research Quarterly, 56(2), 197-372. 

Hollett, T. & Ehret, C. (Eds.) (2019). Affective potentials in informal, technology-enhanced learning settings. British Journal of Educational Technology, 50(4), 1529-1614.

Articles in refereed journals

*student co-author

Ehret, C., *Mannard, E., Curwood, J.S. (2022). How Young Adult Videogames materialize senses of self through ludonarrative affects: Understanding identity and embodiment through sociomaterial analysis. Learning, Media and Technology.

Ehret, C. & *Becerra, T. (2022). Considering affective geographies in critical digital literacy pedagogies: How Colombian, English language teachers mitigated ‘feeling at a distance’ during remote instruction. TESOL Quarterly.

Ehret, C. & *Čiklovan, L. (2020). How speculative designs produce new potentials for education research in digital culture. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 41(5), 708-722.

Ehret, C., *Ehret, L., Low, B. & *Čiklovan, L. (2019). Immediations and rhythms of speculative design: Implications for value in design-based research. British Journal of Educational Technology, 50(4), 1603-1614.

Hollett, T. & Ehret, C. (2019). The idiocultural sensibilities of spothunting in action sports culture: Affect, desire, change. Mind, Culture, and Activity, 26(2), 121-137.

Ehret, C. (2019). Proliterate rhythms of screen time and homework. The Reading Teacher, 74(2), 533-538.

Ehret, C., *Boegel, J., & *Manuel-Nekouei, R. (2018). The role of affect in adolescents’ online literacies: Participatory pressures in BookTube culture. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 62(2), 151-161.

Ehret, C. (2018). Moments of teaching and learning in a children’s hospital: Affects, textures, and temporalities. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 49(1), 52-71.

Leander, K.M, Aziz, S., Botzakis, S., Ehret, C., Landry, D., & Rowsell, J. (2017). Readings and experiences of multimodality. Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice, 66(1), 95–116.

Hollett, T. & Ehret, C. (2017). Civic rhythms in a media-rich, informal learning program. Learning, Media and Technology, 42(4), 483-499. 

Ehret, C., Hollett, T., & Jocius, R. (2016). The matter of new media making: An intra-action analysis of adolescents making a digital book trailer. Journal of Literacy Research, 48(3), 346-377.

Ehret, C. & Hollett, T. (2016). Affective dimensions of participatory design research in informal learning environments: Placemaking, belonging, and correspondence. Cognition and Instruction, 34(3), 250-258.

Hollett, T. & Ehret, C. (2015). Bean’s World: (Mine)crafting affective atmospheres for gameplay, learning and care in a children’s hospital. New Media & Society, 17(11), 1849-1866.

Ehret, C. & Hollett, T. (2014). Embodied composition in real virtualities: Adolescents' literacy practices and felt experiences moving with digital, mobile devices in school. Research in the Teaching of English, 48(4), 428-452.

Ehret, C. & Hollett, T. (2013). (Re)placing school: Fifth-graders’ counter-mobilities while composing with mobile devices in a digital media enrichment class. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 57(2), 110-119.

Book chapters and other academic publications

Ehret, C., Johnston, K, Rowsell, J. (2021). Why affect theory is not critical theory: Power and politics in poststructural literacy research. In J.Z. Pandya, R.A. Mora, J. Alford, N.A. Golden & R.S. deRoock (Eds.), The Critical Literacies Handbook. New York, NY: Routledge.

Ehret, C. (2019). Propositions from affect theory for feeling literacy through the event. In D.E. Alvermann, N.J. Unrau, M. Sailors (Eds). Theoretical Models and Processes of Literacy (7th Edition) (pp. 563-581). New York, NY: Routledge.

Ehret, C. & * D'Amico, D. (2019). Encountering writing during and after the Holocaust: Why a more human literacy studies must be posthuman. In K.M. Leander & C. Ehret (Eds.), Affect in literacy teaching and learning: Pedagogies, politics, and coming to know. New York, NY: Routledge.

Hollet, T. & Ehret, C. (2017). Relational methodologies for mobile literacies: Intra-action, atmosphere, and rhythm. In C. Burnett, G. Merchant, A. Simpson & M. Walsh (Eds.), The Case of the iPad: Mobile Literacies in Education (pp. 227-244). London: Springer. 

Ehret, C. (2017). Children’s hospitals. In K. Peppler (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning (pp. 84-85). Thousand Oaks CA: SAGE. 

Ehret, C. (2016). Mapping place, affect, and futures in an adolescent’s new media making: Schizoanalytic cartographies. In R. Parry, C. Burnett, & G. Merchant (Eds.), Literacy, Media, Technology: Past, Present and Future (pp. 93-108). London: Bloomsbury.

Ehret, C. (2016). Moving off-screen: Pathways for understanding an adolescent’s embodied experience of new media making. In G. Enriquez, E. Johnson, S. Kontovourki, & C. Mallozzi (Eds.), Literacies, Learning, and the Body: Bringing Research and Theory into Pedagogical Practice (pp. 136-152). New York, NY: Routledge.

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Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

2016: Promising Researcher Award, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
2014-2015: Peabody Pre-faculty Fellow, Vanderbilt University

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