Dr. Michael Lipset

Faculty Lead: Critical Digital & Media Literacies
Dr. Michael Lipset
Contact Information
Email address: 
michael.lipset [at] mcgill.ca

Education Building
3700 rue McTavish

Room 330
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2

Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE)
Professional activities: 

Co-Director, 4 Learning

Director of Social Impact, High School for Recording Arts

Arts, Languages & Literacy Education
Educational Technology & Teaching Innovation
Areas of expertise: 
  • School change
  • Hip-hop based education
  • Critical media literacy
  • Critical digital literacy
  • Pushout reengagement

Dr. Lipset's research centers on the intersections of critical arts pedagogies, education change, pushout re-engagement, teacher preparation, and social justice, with expertise in critical digital and media literacy, culturally sustaining school change, and arts in education.

Dr. Lipset's work connects with educational technology through an emphasis on educational innovation and pedagogy, particularly in teacher education, encouraging educators to deeply question the when, where, how, and why of education technology. His instruction supports the purposeful incorporation of, as well as purposeful disconnection from, technology in learning environmnets. Dr. Lipset encourages the use of technology to advance social action and sustainability education, reflecting a commitment to integrating digital tools to facilitate transformative learning experiences.

Dr. Lipset currently works with 4 Learning, an international non-profit based in Los Angeles, CA, whose mission is to support schools, districts, and states across the US, as well as education systems around the world, in the development of culturally sustaining pedagogies through the recording arts. He is leading the development of the Arts, Media & Entertainment World within the Metaverse of Learning designed by STEMuli, a gamified learning sub-world that will personalize the renowned Business of Music & Media curriculum developed by the exemplary High School for Recording Arts.

Dr. Lipset has also partnered with Spotify to host and produce the RecordED Arts podcast, which narrates stories at the intersection of the recording arts and education, highlighting best practices in the equitable use of digital production and recording technologies for learning. As a Doctoral Intern, Dr. Lipset worked with the K12 Lab at the d.school in Stanford University to produce Sound Practice, a series of sound-based, asynchronous learning modules designed to support educators in deepening their equity work. To-date, Sound Practice has been streamed more than 10,800 times in over 50 countries around the world.

Dr. Lipset has also led professional development sessions at the intersection of digital production technologies, streaming platforms, and social media platforms for Twitch, Adidas, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the High Tech High Graduate School of Education, and more. He is one of three authors of Hip Hop Genius 2.0: Remixing High School Education, published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2022 and covering 20 years of work to reengage out of school youth through the recording arts and other creative endeavors. His work has been published by Phi Delta Kappan, Forbes, Bloomsbury, Springer, Urban Education, and beyond.


Ph.D. Educational Studies - McGill University, Feb 2021

Ed.M. Arts in Education - Harvard Graduate School of Education

B.A. Political Science and Sociology of Law, Criminology & Deviance - University of Minnesota

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • FRQSC (Québec Social Sciences Research) International Student Scholarship ($49,000) 2018-2021 

  • Educator-Practitioner Award – McGill University (1st Place - $2,000)  2019 

  • Graduate Mobility Award – McGill University ($3,100) 2018 

  • P. Lantz Scholarship for Excellence in Education and the Arts – McGill University ($5,000) 2017 

  • International Student Award – McGill University ($7,000) 2017 

  • Community Engagement Award – McGill University ($1,500) 2017 

  • Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Fellowship Program ($21,000) 2017 

Selected publications: 

Levy, I., Lipset, M., & Jones, T.D. (in process). Hip-hop active listening study: Developing an arts-based assessment for the cultivation of culturally sustaining school counselors.  

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. (2021). How to pay your students to go to school: Student-run record labels and the creative pedagogue. Montréal, QC: McGill Journal of Education Special Edition. 55(3), 530-549. https://mje.mcgill.ca/article/view/9836/7649 

Lipset, M. (2018). The more you know, the more you owe: Review of Vajra Watson’s Learning to liberate. Flagstaff, AZ: Electronic Journal of Education Policy. 

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 

Lipset, M., & Simmons, T. (2024). The school systems remix: Building democratic school systems through hip hop. In Nathan, L.F., Mendoza, J., & Rojas, G. (Eds.) Designing schools and democratic learning environments: A global perspective. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. Forthcoming. 

Low, B., Lipset, M., & Proietti, M. (2018). Learning through resistance in an urban arts high school transformation project. In P. Trifonas and S. Jagger (Eds.), Handbook of Cultural Studies and Education. New York: Routledge. 

Low, B., Lipset, M., Carter, M.R. (2023). Hope Stories of the Arts and School-Wide Change. In: Mreiwed, H., Carter, M.R., Hashem, S., Blake-Amarante, C.H. (eds) Making Connections in and Through Arts-Based Educational Research. Studies in Arts-Based Educational Research, vol 5. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-8028-2_8 

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: 

Master's students, by request only.

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