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Sepehr Vakil

Sepehr Vakil

Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences


Biography

Sepehr Vakil is an assistant professor of Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Previously he was Assistant Professor of STEM Education and the Associate Director of Equity & Inclusion in the Center for STEM Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Broadly his research examines the intersections of learning, identity, race, power, and ethics in secondary and post-secondary engineering and computer science contexts. Dr. Vakil’s teaching and research are informed by sociocultural theories of learning, practice, and pedagogy. He recently received the National Science Foundation’s early CAREER award, as well as the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral fellowship. He received his PhD in the Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology program at UC Berkeley, and his B.S and M.S in Electrical Engineering from UCLA.

Curriculum Vitae

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Awards/Honors

  • 2018 - NSF CAREER Award
  • 2018 - NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship

Research/Scholarship

Education

Year Degree Institution
2016 PhD, Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology University of California Berkeley
2007 M.S, Electrical Engineering University of California Los Angeles
2006 B.S, Electrical Engineering University of California Los Angeles

Selected Publications

Vakil, S., & Higgs, J. (2019). It's about power: A call to rethink ethics and equity in computing education. Communications of the ACM: 31-33.

Vakil, S (2018). Ethics, Identity, and Political Vision: Toward a Justice-Centered Approach to Equity in Computer Science Education. Harvard Educational Review: 26-52.

Vossoughi, S., Vakil, S. (2018). Towards what ends? A critical analysis of militarism, equity and STEM education in Ali A., Buenavista, T., At War!: Challenging Racism, Materialism, and Militarism in Education Fordham University Press.

Nasir, N., Vakil, S. (2017). STEM-focused academies in urban schools: Tensions and possibilities. Journal of the Learning Sciences: 376-406.

McKinney de Royston, M., Vakil, S., Nasir, N.S., ross, k.m., Givens, J., & Holman, A. (2017). “He’s More Like a ‘Brother’ Than a Teacher”: Politicized Caring in a Program for African American Males. Teachers College Record: 1-40.

Vakil, S., McKinney de Royston, M., Nasir, N., & Kirshner, B. (2016). Rethinking race and power in design-based research: Reflections from the field. Cognition and Instruction: 194-209.
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Vakil, S. (2014). A Critical Pedagogy Approach for Engaging Urban Youth in Mobile App Development in an After-School Program. Equity & Excellence in Education: 31-45.

Selected Presentations

Vakil, S., Harron, J., Gingell, G., & Russo-Tait, T. (April, 2019). Teachers Making Sense of Algorithms and Their Politics. Paper to be presented at the American Educational Research Association. Toronto, Canada.

Vakil, S., & McKinney de Royston, M. (April, 2019). Exploring Politicized Trust in a Racially Diverse Computer Science Classroom. Paper to be presented at the American Educational Research Association. Toronto, Canada.

Vossoughi, S., & Vakil, S. (April, 2018). Imagining Otherwise: Militarism, STEM Education, and Racial Justice.. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association. New York, NY.

Vakil, S., Vossoughi, S. (April, 2016). “What are the politics of your technology?”: Sociopolitical Thinking in an Introductory Computer Science Course. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference. Washington DC, DC.

McKinney de Royston, M., & Vakil, S. (2016). Rethinking Race and Power in Design Based Research: Reflections from the Field. Symposium presentation at the American Anthropological Association Conference. Minneapolis, MN.

Vakil, S., Vossoughi, S. (2015). Computational Thinking, Digital Literacy, and Civic Engagement: Toward Democratic Possibilities and Designs. . Panel presentation at the Digital Media and Learning Conference. Los Angeles, CA.

Research Interests

 Sociocultural and sociopolitical theories of learning; engineering and computer science education; participatory design research; qualitative methods in education research

Last Updated: 2019-07-02 13:47:27