Research/Areas of Interest: Physics Education Research: Scientists are professional learners who employ a range of skills and qualities to learn new things. This view has significant bearing on how students advance in their understanding of scientific concepts. For this reason, my current research focus is to investigate how learners come to engage in the practices of science. To make progress on the question, I have studied how learners' views of knowledge (personal epistemologies) impact their scientific engagement in the contexts of introductory physics, quantum mechanics, and science teacher education. I have also studied the interaction of personal epistemology with emotions that come up in the doing of science (epistemic affect). Most recently, I have looked at how personal epistemology interconnects with social caring and epistemic empathy. These studies connect to an issue I am deeply concerned about: equity and inclusion in STEM fields.


  • PhD, Tufts University, Medford, MA, United States, 2017
  • MS, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 2003
  • BSE, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States, 1999