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Ananda Marin is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University. She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Yale University, and a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where she took courses in education and native nation building. She earned her PhD in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University. Prior to coming to Northwestern, Ananda served as the Assistant Dean of Student Services at Harry S. Truman College,  where she worked closely with the Office of Instruction on classroom redesign projects and from time to time taught courses for the Social Science Department. Before working at Truman, Ananda was employed at the Chicago Children's Museum in the Community Services Department. At the museum, Ananda participated in the exhibit development process and co-facilitated a supplemental reading program with partner schools.

Ananda’s research interests include culture and cognition, teacher sensemaking, everyday practices and design research. She is currently working on a collaborative community based curriculum design project between Northwestern University, the University of Washington, the American Indian Center of Chicago and the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. The goal of the project is to improve science learning for American Indian students by designing learning environments that build on students’ community based repertoires of practice and to simultaneously explore basic cognitive research on knowledge construction and knowledge organization about the natural world.

Curriculum Vitae

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  • 2011 - Dissertation Year Fellowship, Northwestern University
  • 2011 - Graduate Research Grant, Northwestern University
  • 2008 - Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences Fellowship (2008-2011), Institute of Education Sciences Training Grant to Northwestern University
  • 1997 - Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship, Academy for Educational Development



Year Degree Institution
2013 PhD, Learning Sciences Northwestern University

Selected Publications

Hermes, M., Bang, M. & Marin, A. (2012). Designing Indigenous language revitalization. Harvard Educational Review: 381-402.

Research Interests

I am interested in how culture influences cognition, learning and development, particularly among indigenous and non-majority youth, families, and teachers. My goal is to both understand how the everyday and routine practices of families and communities support teaching and learning across settings, as well as to collaboratively design learning environments that are generative and support community goals for the future.

Lab Affiliations



Professional Service

Year Organization Position Description
2011 - 2013 Journal of American Indian Education Ad Hoc Reviewer  

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