Michelle Schwartz

Michelle SchwartzI am the Instructional Design and Research Strategist for Ryerson University’s Learning & Teaching Office and Research Fellow within Ryerson’s Centre for Digital Humanities. I am also a lecturer in the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

I co-direct Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada, a SSHRC-funded digital humanities research project that is building an interactive digital resource for the study of LGBT history in Canada.

I am a web editor and writer for Shameless Magazine.

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@MichelinaNeri on Twitter

@MichelinaNeri on SlideShare

ORCID: 0000-0002-3298-4871


Email: michelle at lackingauthoritycontrol dot com


I am co-director of Lesbian & Gay Liberation in Canada. Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada (LGLC) reconfigures two books, Don McLeod’s chronologies Lesbian and Gay Liberation In Canada: A Selected Annotated Chronology, Volume 1, 1964-1975, and Volume 2, 1976-1981, as a searchable data set which will allow users to explore the people, places, events, and publications that defined Canadian gay liberation history.

Lesbian & Gay Liberation in Canada is a pilot project for the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory and an affiliate project with Ryerson University’s Centre for Digital Humanities.  Lesbian & Gay Liberation in Canada is funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant.

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Submitted Publications 

Schwartz, M., Crompton, C. 2016. “Remaking History: Lesbian Feminist Historical Methods In The Digital Humanities.” Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminist Digital Humanities. Debates in DH. University of Minnesota Press. Submitted.


Schwartz, M. 2016. Review: Step Aside, Pops. Shameless. Spring 2016.

Schwartz, M. 2016. Review: Back in the Ring – Chris Pureka. Shameless. Fall 2016.

Schwartz, M. 2015. Review: It’s What I Do – A Photographer’s Life of Love and War. Shameless. Fall 2015.

Schwartz, M., Crompton, C. 2015. “Representing Canadian Queer Authorship: Making the Internet a Women’s Place.” Cultural Mapping and the Digital Sphere: Place and Space. R. Panofsky & K. Kellett (Eds.). University of Alberta Press.

Schwartz, M., Crompton, C. 2014. “Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada: Representing the Dyke Dynamo.” Digital Studies. Vol. 4.

Schwartz, M. 2014. Review: Good & Cheap – Eat well on $4/day. Shameless. Winter 2014(42).

Schwartz, M. 2014. Review: Army of Lovers: A Community History of Will Munro – Sarah Liss. Spacing. Spring 2014(74).

Schwartz, M. 2013. Review: How Poetry Saved My Life – Amber Dawn. Shameless. Winter 2013(44).

Schwartz, M. 2013. Review: Fit Villains. Shameless. Fall 2013(42).

Schwartz, M. 2013. Review: Resisting the State & Gender and Sexuality: Canadian History Through the Stories of Activists – Scott Neigh. Shameless. Spring 2013(43).

Schwartz, M. 2013. Review: The Comfort of Queer Family Wisdom – Elisha Lim. Shameless. Winter 2012(45).

Schwartz, M. 2013. Review: First Spring Grass Fire – Rae Spoon. Shameless. Winter 2012(43).

Schwartz, M. 2012. Review: Venus With Biceps – David L. Chapman. Shameless. Fall 2012(21).

Schwartz, M. 2012. Counter Culture Classics: Bikini Kill. Shameless. Spring 2012(20).

Schwartz, M. 2012. Review: Unpersons – The Pack a.d.. Shameless. Spring 2012(20).

Schwartz, M. 2011. Reviews: Play – Roxanne Potvin, The Greatest Ones Alive – Sarah MacDougall. Shameless. Fall 2011(18):42.

Schwartz, M. 2011. Reviews: Elisha Lim & Their Illustrated Gentleman – Feminist Art Gallery. Shameless. Fall 2011(18):42.

Schwartz, M. 2011. Review: Love is a Hunter – Rae Spoon. Shameless. Spring 2011(17):45.

Schwartz, M. 2010. Rebelles With A Cause: Young Feminist Rebels Are Building a Nationwide Network of Support. Shameless. Spring 2010(14):6.

Schwartz, M. 2010. Review: Heart of My Own – Basia Bulat. Shameless. Winter 2010(16):45.

Schwartz, M. 2010. Review: Reality Bites Back – The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV. Shameless. Winter 2010(16):43.

Schwartz, M. 2010. Review: We Kill Computers – The Pack a.d. Shameless. Fall 2010(15):44.

Weglein, J., Scheir, W., Peterson, J., Malsbury, S., Schwartz, M. 2008. Guide to the New York World’s Fair 1939 and 1940 Incorporated Records, 1935-1945, MssCol 2233. New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division.


As the Instructional Design and Research Strategist at the Learning & Teaching Office, I put together newsletters (Best Practices) and research documents (Teaching Tips) highlighting best practices in teaching in higher education.

Best Practices

Teaching Tips

Copy Writing

As a writer for TripAdvisor, I researched and wrote descriptions for hundreds of destinations, including forty world capitals and over eighty popular North American cities. In addition, I have researched, fact-checked, edited, and generated copy for over a hundred downloadable travel guides, examples of which can be downloaded here:

Brussels Fall/Winter Destination Guide (pdf)

Undiscovered Caribbean (pdf)

Top Ten Bets for Bargain Travel Guide (pdf)




Schwartz, M., Crompton, C. 2017. Beyond the Historic Facade: Skyscrapers, Scapegoats, and the Digital Reclamation of Toronto’s Queer Streetscapes. Poster accepted to Digital Humanities 2017. August 2017, McGill University and the Université de Montréal.

Schwartz, M. 2017. #myDHis radically inclusive. Institute Panel: Perspectives on DH. Digital Humanities Summer Institute. June 2017, University of Victoria.

Ludbrook, A., Schwartz, M. 2017. Career Corner: Open Educational Resources. Workshop delivered at 2017 Congress of the Social Sciences and the Humanities. May 2017, Ryerson University.

Schwartz, M., Crompton, C. 2017. “Supporting Student Prosopographical Research.” Paper presented as part of the Futures of Biographical Encoding panel at the CSDH/SCHN Conference at the Congress of the Social Sciences and the Humanities. May 2017, Ryerson University.

Wilson, S., Ludbrook, A., & Schwartz, M. 2017. Open Educational Resources: Opportunities for Librarians. Paper presented at TRY+ Library Conference 2017, Toronto, ON.

Ludbrook, A., Schwartz, M. 2017. Bears, Bears, Bears – Faculty Education about OERs doesn’t have to be Scary. Paper presented at OER17. April 2017, London UK.

Ludbrook, A., Schwartz, M., Wilson, S. 2017. Ryerson’s Open Textbook Authoring Guide. Poster presented at OLA Superconference. February 2017, Toronto.

Kaas-Mason, S., Schwartz M. 2016. Connect, Engage, Reflect: Using an Online Tool for Interprofessional Learning. Workshop delivered at 5th Annual Sunnybrook Education Conference: Innovation in Teaching & Learning, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, November 2016.

Crompton, C., McLeod, D., Schwartz, M. 2016. Tracking LGBT Liberation in Canada. Paper presented at LGBTQ+ Archives, Libraries, Museums and Special Collections, London Metropolitan Archives, June 2016.

Shehata, M., Schwartz, M. 2015. Co-Curricular Activities and their Role in Supporting Experiental Learning. Paper presented at the Canadian Engineering Education Association’s Annual Conference – CEEA2015, McMaster University, May 2015.

Schwartz, M., Ludbrook, A. 2015. Open Access Education – Teaching Using the 5Rs. Poster presented at the Ryerson Faculty Conference.

Schwartz, M., Crompton C. 2014. Visualizing Gay Liberation in Canada: Using Digital Tools to Represent IdentityCSDH/ACCUTE panel on “Difference, Identity, Diversity,” Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Brock University.

Schwartz, M., Andriati, R., Dermody, K., Ko, Y., Whitfield, M. 2014. DIY Video Captioning: Making your videos accessible to all your students. Workshop presented to the Ryerson Faculty Conference.

Schwartz, M., Crompton, C. 2014. Visualizing Gay Liberation in Canada: Using Digital Tools to Represent People and Places. Presentation given at Mediating Lives & Stories: Mining / Making / Meaning, Centre for Digital Humanities Symposium, Ryerson University.

Kinder, D., Foxe, J.P., Lundrigan, C., Schwartz, M. 2012. Information Literacy: Essential Skills for 21st Century Learning. Poster presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference.

Schwartz, M., Crompton C. 2011. Shaping Queer Authorship: Canadian Women and the Intersection of Art and Activism. Paper delivered at Canadian Women Writers Conference: Space / Place / Play.

Crompton, C. 2011. Coding Beyond Categories: Self-identification in Lesbian and Gay Liberation In Canada, 1964-1975. Paper delivered at “The Undiscovered Country”: Exploring People and Places through Digital Humanities.

Kinder, D., Foxe, J.P., Schwartz, M. 2011. Information Literacy: Essential Skills for 21st Century Learning. Workshop given at the Ryerson Faculty Conference.

Andriati, R., Antimirova, T., Goetz, S., Hanna, D., McCarthy, G., Schwartz, M., Wilson, S. 2011. How Can Social Media/Web 2.0 Help Today’s Learners? Workshop given at the Ryerson Faculty Conference.

Schwartz, M, Crompton C. 2011. What She Said: Recovering Women’s Contributions to the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives [pdf]. Paper delivered to Women in the Archives.