PhD Students

PhD Students

Mari Altshuler

Altshuler, Mari


Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Urban Teacher Education Program, University of Chicago, 2011
  • Bachelor of Science in Geology, University of Illinois, 2009
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Andrus, Brian


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Gabriella Anton

Anton, Gabriella


Degrees

  • BA in Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011
  • BA in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011

Research Interests

I am interested in studying and designing tools/environments to introduce youth to programming and creative production with technology. Recently, my focus has been on the use of physical computation (robotics and e-textiles) to engage learners. Finally, I study interest and attitude development for programming, computer science, and computational practices. 

Umit Aslan

Aslan, Umit


Degrees

  • MSc, Bogazici University, 2014
  • BS, Bogazici University, 2010
Connor Bain

Degrees

  • Wolfram Language Certificate, Wolfram Summer School, 2017
  • B.S.C.S. in Computer Science, University of South Carolina Honors College, 2015
  • B.S. in Mathematics, University of South Carolina Honors College, 2015

Research Interests

The world is becoming increasingly computational and computing skills are now a necessity. Yet, we are not teaching them effectively or equitably. My research seeks to understand how to support learners in developing authentic computational thinking skills across all disciplines. There are three major avenues to this research: designing meaningful activities for learners, supporting teachers in increasingly computer-focused classrooms, and analyzing, computationally and otherwise, student work in order to measure learning gains.

 

 

Keywords: Computational Thinking & Computational Literacy; Computing Pedagogy; Broadening Par- ticipation in Computing; Learning Analytics; Teacher Education; Computer Science Communication

 
David Bar-El

Bar-El, David


Degrees

  • BA, Psychology and Communication, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, 2015

Research Interests

 Learning across formal and informal spaces; making & tinkering; interactive design for children

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Berger, Wade


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Allena Berry

Berry, Allena

Adjunct Lecturer, Master of Science in Education


Degrees

  • MA, Education in Teaching History/Social Science, Stanford University , 2013
  • BS, Human and Organizational Development and History, Vanderbilt University , 2012

Research Interests

Historical epistemologies; sociocultural theory and cognition; critical theory in history; teaching and learning history; historical thinking

Anna Bethune

Bethune, Anna


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Bisht, Gautam


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Bruce, Forrest


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Matthew Brucker

Brucker, Matthew


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Spencer Carlson

Carlson, Spencer


Degrees

  • MA, Learning Sciences, Northwestern University, 2017
  • BS, Learning & Organizational Change, Northwestern University, 2016

Research Interests

How can we design organizations that foster the learning needed to solve tough societal and community challenges? These challenges, which range from global warming to educational equity, can only be addressed with competent collaboration and organizing. In part, this is because they are wicked problems (Rittel & Webber, 1973) for which there is no single correct answer but many stakeholders with diverse interests and perspectives. Building capacity to address these challenges is a daunting task, but a critical one.

Rittel, H. W., & Webber, M. M. (1973). Dilemmas in a general theory of planning. Policy sciences, 4(2), 155-169.

Amy Chang

Chang, Amy


Degrees

  • MS, Journalism, National Taiwan University 台灣大學, 2009
  • BA, Foreign Languages and Literature, National Taiwan University 台灣大學, 2005

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the social and cultural dynamics of learning in the context of globalization and emerging technologies,with a specific focus on language, multimodal literacy, diversity and civic journalism. My current research explores how immigrant youth leverage their funds of knowledge and the affordance of multiple modalities to construct documentaries that inform public debates on social issues through participating in a multimedia journalism curriculum. I am also interested in exploring how people from diverse cultural backgrounds engage in new forms of learning and how social media and mobile technologies can be leveraged to bridge the gap between formal education and everyday experiences.

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Degrees

  • B. A. in Chinese Language and Literature, Beijing Normal University, 2016

Research Interests

My research interest lies in the intersection of Learning Sciences and Human-Computer Interaction, with a focus on informal learning, mobile learning, scaling, and emergent social behavior and learning design from massive learning communities. 

Sugat Dabholkar

Degrees

  • MBA (Human Resources), Xavier School of Management, 2010
  • M.Sc. (Biology) , National Centre for Biological Sciences, 2007

Research Interests

I am interested in designing technology-enhanced learning environments for learning scientific thinking, computational thinking and complex systems thinking for high school students. Specifically, I have been designing a specific kind of computational models called Emergent Systems Microworlds (ESMs). ESMs are agent-based computational models that are designed as interactive microworlds. Students can learn about an emergent phenomenon modeled in an ESM by performing scientific investigations. My research interests include assessing student learning as they engage with scientific inquiry practices to figure out disciplinary ideas with ESM-based curricula.
I have also been working teachers to co-design science curricula that are enriched with such computational tools. I am interested in investigating how teachers' involvement in the co-design process influences their pedagogical interactions in the classroom.

Ruben Echevarria

Echevarria, Ruben

Doctoral Candidate, Learning Sciences


Degrees

  • BA, Mathematics, Northeastern Illinois University, 2014
  • MA, Learning Sciences, Northwestern University, 2015

Research Interests

My research focuses on mathematical practices within tinkering environments in order to better understand the historical parallels between mathematics education and tinkering and contribute to scholarship on widening the definition of what counts as mathematics. 

 
Shante Elliott

Elliott, Shante


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Guerra, Mario


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Maryam Hedayati

Hedayati, Maryam


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Ayse Hunt

Hunt, Ayse


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Ava Jackson

Jackson, Ava


Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in History (BA), Duke University, 2015
  • Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology (BA), Duke University, 2015

Research Interests

My research interests includes understanding the relationship, experiences, and resources students, teachers, and communities contribute to the learning experiences. Specifically, I want to continue to focus on the role self-esteem/identity play in learning for Low SES students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. I want to look at how students from diverse backgrounds develop identities as learners and how these identities are supported within different contexts through the lens of Identity theory, CHAT, and Multi-sitedness sensibility. I am interested in both in and out-of school contexts, and want to explore potential research sites within history classrooms and/or library settings.

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Jones, Stephanie


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Sarah Larison

Larison, Sarah


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Christopher  Leatherwood

Leatherwood, Christopher


Degrees

  • Masters in Secondary Education , University of Missouri St. Louis , 2015
Sarah Lee

Lee, Sarah


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Charles Logan

Logan, Charles


Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Educational Technology, Michigan State University, 2018
  • Master of Fine Arts, Fiction, Brooklyn College, 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts, English and Secondary Teacher Education, Middlebury College, 2006

Research Interests

I am interested in critical digital pedagogy; connected learning; relationships and structures to resist harmful educational technology; design justice; and equitable partnerships between students, teachers, and staff in higher education to support teaching and learning.

Kristine  Lu

Lu, Kristine


Degrees

  • B.A. in English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2013

Research Interests

Information design, text and visual processing, and learning in digital news, media, and information environments; information and learning behaviors; cognition in data interactives; design thinking in digital and computational journalism

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Marshall, Jessica


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Kit Martin

Martin, Kit


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Nikki McDaid-Morgan

Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Pacific University, 2016
  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Northeastern University , 2011

Research Interests

Nikki McDaid-Morgan (Shoshone-Bannock) is a doctoral student in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. Her research interests are broadly focused on informal and formal learning environments at the intersection of land-based education and Indigenous resurgence. More specifically, she wants to understand the ways that youth in land-based learning environments recognize personhood of more-than-human animals and plants and whether or not the propensity to do so might be correlated with the ways youth engage in decision-making around social and environmental concerns. Nikki earned her M.A. in Teaching from Pacific University and her B.S. in Sociology from Northeastern University. She also has experience as a middle school and high school English and Musical Theatre teacher and has two children of her own.   


Natalie Melo

Melo, Natalie


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Arturo Munoz

Munoz, Arturo


Degrees

  • BA, Educational Studies and Psychology, Tufts University, 2017
Vien Nguyen

Nguyen, Vien


Degrees

  • Masters of Education, Temple University, 2016
  • Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, Stanford University, 2014

Research Interests

complex learning; distributed & embodied cognition; learning analytics; multi-modal data; social learning; 21st century skills; interest-driven learning.

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Papak, Alexis


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Christina Pei

Pei, Christina


Degrees

  • BA, Economics, University of Chicago, 2006

Research Interests

 I am interested in constructionist learning environments that provide equitable opportunities for STEM learning. In particular, how making practices in multiple cultural settings can be leveraged to design spaces and projects that represent and value diverse backgrounds. Additionally, I view mathematics as a (under-appreciated) culture of making, and am interested in designing and implementing math microworlds that support learners in their construction of math concepts.

Katarzyna (Kasia) Pomian Bogdanov

Pomian Bogdanov, Katarzyna (Kasia)


Degrees

  • M.Ed., Secondary Education Physics, DePaul University, 2019
  • M.S., Physics, DePaul University, 2018
  • B.A., Spanish Language and Literature, Loyola University Chicago, 2016
  • B.S., Physics, Loyola University Chicago, 2016

Research Interests

I am interested in reimagining science education. In particular, I am interested in designing science high school curriculums that create equitable opportunities for all students to pursue science in ways that are authentic to individuals and the discipline. I am currently working with an Open Science Education design team consisting of teachers and designers. I am studying the tensions that arise during this process; particularly, tensions at the intersections of science education, gender, and race. 

I am also working on understating the roles of silliness in the classroom, specifically when silliness is used during on-task discourse within the classroom. 

In the past I have studied acoustical instruments, and how they can be used in the classroom to stimulate students’ interests and understanding of string theory. I have used Social Network Analysis to better understand interactions within science classrooms. I have also worked at Argonne National Laboratory on a team in pursuit of understanding dark energy through the study of Type 1A Supernovae.

Alisa (Ally) Reith

Reith, Alisa (Ally)


Degrees

  • BA, Bennington College, 2013
Leslie Russell

Russell, Leslie


Degrees

Addie Shrodes

Shrodes, Addie

Graduate Student and Research Assistant


Degrees

  • MA, English Literature and Urban Humanities, University of California-Los Angeles, 2015
  • BA with Highest Distinction and Highest Honors, English Literature and Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2012

Research Interests

Everyday learning and identity development with digital media; language, literacy, and culture; critical literacies with digital technologies; sociocultural and sociopolitical theory; queer theory and queer of color critique; LGBTQ+ educational research with focus on intersectional justice
J. F. Trey Smith

Smith, J. F. Trey

Graduate Student and Research Assistant, Learning Sciences

Fellow, Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences


Degrees

  • MSEd, Secondary Science Education, University of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • BA, Communication Studies, Louisiana State University, 2006
  • BA, Political Science, Louisiana State University, 2006

Research Interests

Science education; learning within and across disciplines as acts of personal and political self-determination; teacher research, teacher education, and teacher professional learning; teachers' participatory uses of curriculum materials

Michael  Smith

Smith, Michael


Degrees

Michael Spikes

Degrees

  • MS; Education Technology Systems Management, Stony Brook University, 2014
  • BA; Mass Media, University of the District of Columbia, 2011
  • AAS; Recording Arts and Technology, Cuyahoga Community College, 2004

Research Interests

News media literacy education and interventions; misinformation and cognition; enactment of evaluative mindsets when consuming information 

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Tran, Dustin


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Melanie West

West, Melanie

Curriculum Development Specialist


Degrees

  • MPS Interactive Telecommunications, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, 1995
  • BS Music & Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University, 1982
Jue Wu

Wu, Jue


Degrees

  • BA, Economics, Renmin University of China, 2014
  • BS, Psychology, Renmin University of China, 2014
Yanning Yu

Yu, Yanning


Degrees

  • BA Engineering / Learning Sciences, Smith College, 2013

Research Interests

The design of curriculum and learning environments for STEM that support deep understanding and collaborative learning. Visualization tools that aid processes of understanding and facilitate sharing and advancement of community knowledge. Empowering LEP students to participate in computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) discourse. Developing knowledge-building communities.

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