I am currently a Postdoc Fellow at the University of California Irvine in the School of Education. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with my MA and PhD in the Digital Environment for Learning, Teaching, and Agency program focused in the Learning Sciences, and was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University in the Human-Computer Interaction InstituteMy program of research is twofold. First, I participate in and study participatory design research; second, I study the outcomes of this work in technology-enhanced STEM learning contexts. My research lies at the intersection of learning sciences, human-computer interaction, and design, with the goal of producing equitable technology enhanced STEM learning environments.


My primary goal is to center design narratives as scholarship by articulating the often-hidden processes that researchers use to develop educational technology with stakeholders. I ask questions about how we can adapt, create, and enact methods of design that position communities as active collaborators in the design process. This work positions community members as decision-makers, prioritize their expertise and lived experiences, and use methods that prioritize care, well-being, and trust. 

The results of these design processes include methodological insights, but also the final co-created technology that is integrated into authentic learning contexts. I have created technology including Artificial Intelligence, mobile and tablet applications, Augmented Reality, multitouch tables, etc., that were specifically chosen based on the access and resources of the communities. To understand the impact of these technologies, I apply a design-based research methodology and use a mixed methods analytic approach. I collect data about technology use, perceptions, interactions and learning processes to answer questions about learning, as well as equity-related metrics, including outcomes derived by communities to triangulate findings and provide nuanced descriptions of how technology interacts in learning environments.


Design-Based Research

Design Justice

Participatory Design

Community-Engaged Research

Learning Sciences



Supportive Teacher Tools

Educational Technology



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