University at Buffalo

Naomi Thompson (she/her/hers)

Naomi Thompson

Assistant Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

Learning Sciences; STEAM, Out-Of-School Learning; Connected Learning; Community Education; Video Analysis; Educational Equity

Professional Summary:

I am interested in the ways crafting, art-making, and other design activities can intersect with and enhance equitable learning in both formal and informal environments. Particularly, I seek to design educational experiences in ways that highlight and honor voices and practices that are traditionally minoritized and undervalued in educational settings.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, Indiana University, Learning Sciences (2020)
Awards and Honors:
  • International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) Early Career Workshop Participant/Awardee; International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS); 2023-03-15;
Recent Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Peppler, K., Sedas, R. M., Thompson, N. (2023) Paper Circuits vs. Breadboards: Materializing Learners’ Powerful ideas Around Circuitry and Layout Design. Journal of Science Education and Technology (JOST).
  • Thompson, N. (2023). “Some Angles Are Gonna Be Weird”: Tinkering with Math and Weaving. Sustainability, 15(9), 7363.
  • Thompson, N. (2022). “Math cleverly disguised as/with string”: experienced weavers’ engagement with mathematics. Research in Mathematics Education, 1-21.
Recent Presentations:
Invited Lectures:
  • Thompson, N. (February 15, 2023). Weaving Together STEAM and the Spaces that Surround It. Invited Guest Speaker for Rutgers University Lunch & Learn Learning Sciences Talk Series.;
  • Thompson, N. (February 28, 2023). Exploring Materials for STEAM Learning. Invited Guest Speaker for Technical University of Munich "Tangible Computational Design for Learning" Project Week.;
  • Thompson, N. (March 30, 2023). Exploring Materials for STEAM Learning. Invited Guest Speaker for University of Texas at El Paso Science Methods Course.;
  • Peppler, K., Keune, A., Thompson, N., Saxena, P. (2023, April 12-16). Craftland Is Mathland: Mathematical Insight and the Generative Role of Fiber Crafts. [Poster Session]. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago, IL.;
Recent Activities:
Professional Service:
  • I have served on the Communications Committee for ISLS (International Society of the Learning Sciences)