Michael Lipset

Academic title(s): 

Faculty Lecturer

Michael Lipset
Contact Information
Email address: 
michael.lipset [at] mcgill.ca

Lipset is a scholar, author, educator, artist, creative producer and Hip-Hop head. His work sits at the intersections of critical arts pedagogies, education change, pushout re-engagement, teacher preparation, and social justice. He holds a Ph.D. in Education Studies with a focus on culturally sustaining school change from McGill University and an Ed.M. in the Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His writing has been published by Phi Delta Kappan, the McGill Journal of Education, Forbes, Rowman & Littlefield, the Montreal AI Ethics Institute, and more. He produced the Spotify Original podcast RecordEd Arts, which tells stories from the nexus of the recording arts and education. As a Doctoral Intern at the K12 Lab in Stanford University's d.school he produced Sound Practice alongside sam seidel, Jessica Brown and Louie Montoya. He is Faculty Lead for Critical Digital & Media Literacies at McGill University where he teaches pre-service teachers and graduate students.

  • Ph.D., Arts-Based Approaches to Culturally Sustaining School Change, McGill University, Canada
  • Ed.M., Arts in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA
  • B.A., Political Science & Sociology of Law, Criminology & Deviance, University of Minnesota, USA


Areas of expertise: 
  • Critical digital and critical media literacy
  • Culturally sustaining school change
  • Arts in education


Faculty Lecturers
Current research: 
  • Arts, Languages & Literacy Education
  • Educational Technology & Teaching Innovation
  • Teacher Education, Pedagogy & Leadership
  • Social Action & Sustainability Education

Critical Digital & Critical Media Literacies - Department of Integrated Studies in Education

Selected publications: 
  • Lipset, M., Brown, J., Crawford, M., Aning, K., Turner, K. (2021). The critical race quantum computer: A tool for liberation. Volume 5. Montreal AI Ethics Institute.
  • Lipset, M. & Ellis, D. (2024). Revolutionary youth culture: A brief history of hip hop for educators. The Bloomsbury Handbook of Hip Hop Pedagogy. Bloomsbury Press. Forthcoming.
  • Lipset, M., & Low, B. (2022). A different energy: The critical Hip-Hop teaching artist and school culture. Urban Education, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/00420859221126711
  • Lipset, M., & Nathan, L. F. (2021). When school goes home: Reimagining the educator’s role. Phi Delta Kappan, 103(3), 39–42. https://doi.org/10.1177/00317217211058523
  • Seidel, S., Simmons, T., & Lipset, M. (2022). Hip-hop genius 2.0: Remixing high school education, 10-year anniversary edition. Rowman & Littlefield Publications, Inc.


Graduate supervision: 

Does not supervise grad students.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • 2018-2021, International Student Scholarship, FRQSC (Québec Social Sciences Research), Canada
  • 2019 Educator-Practitioner Award, McGill University, Canada
  • 2017 Fellow in International Leadership, Jean Sauvé Public Leadership Program, Canada
  • 2017 Top Changemaker in Quebec, Urbania Magazine, Canada
  • 2016-2017 P. Lantz Scholarship for Excellence in Education and the Arts, McGill University, Canada


Professional activities: 
  • Co-Director, 4 Learning
  • Director of Social Impact, High School for Recording Arts
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