Desen Ozkan, PhD
Desen Ozkan is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction (IRLI) and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO). Her primary research is on interdisciplinarity and engineering decisions as they relate to broader social, political, and economic contexts. Her most recent project focuses on the sociopolitical contexts of different offshore wind foundations. At Tufts, she has taught STS 010, a reading lab on 'Learning’ that centers on sociopolitical histories of STEM education, ENE-010, Deconstructing Engineering Design, and CS-150 Data and Power: Deconstructing Surveillance.
Susie studies how students develop mathematical reasoning, specifically algebraic reasoning. She is interested in understanding the kinds of interactions, mental activity, instruction, and concrete tools that support students in making, refining, and justifying mathematical generalizations. Her work spans K-12 but has primarily taken place with elementary school-aged children.