University at Buffalo

Alexandra E. Schindel (she/her)

Alexandra E. Schindel

Science Education

Associate Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

Equity and Justice in STEM Education; Climate Change Education; Environmental and Climate Justice Education

Contact Information
564 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-4067

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Professional Summary:

My research lies at the crux of two of the most significant challenges in US schooling: a) the pressing need to increase the participation of young people in science from communities that have historically been underrepresented in STEM fields; and b) educating youth in a time of climate crisis. In my research, I address the critical need to increase learning and participation in science, environmental, and climate change education among underrepresented youth and to develop teacher capacity to facilitate empowering, equity-based practices in these fields. I accomplish this through two interrelated strands: (1) examining and enacting critical approaches to environmental and climate change education; and (2) examining contexts that support youth participation, civic action, and empowerment in science learning environments.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011)
  • MAT, Cornell University (2001)
  • BS, Brigham Young University (1998)
Recent Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Schindel, A., Miles, M., and Haq, K. (2023). Racializing Climate Justice in/for Education. Current Issues in Comparative Education.
Recent Presentations:
  • Schindel, A., Miles, M., Haq, K. & Aziz, T. (2024). A Critical Review of Environmental Justice Education in Research. Poster presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.;
Recent Grants:
  • Citizen Science Teachers: University at Buffalo (UB) Noyce Residency Scholars; Federal; NSF NOYCE; Awarded; (06/04/2021-06/01/2025)
Recent Activities:
Professional Service:
  • AERA Environmental Education SIG Program Chair for 2024 Conference
  • Climate Resilience Education Task Force (CRETF), Policy Action Committee Member

Contact Information

564 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-4067

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