Learning Sciences; Science Education; Teacher Education
Shakuntala Devi Gopal is a fourth year PhD student in the Learning Sciences with a focus on science teaching and learning. Her dissertation research examines the ways social and political dimensions of teacher identity informs how science teachers frame socio-scientific issues, such as climate change, in their classrooms. Her other research interests revolve around culturally relevant teaching practices, equity and intersectionality considerations in science education, and the value of informal science education. Devi has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Fordham University and a Masters of Research in Conservation Biology from the University College of London. She was formerly an informal educator at the New York Hall of Science for several years before transitioning to a high school science teacher and then to her doctoral degree at SUNY Buffalo. Otherwise, Devi loves exploring new places, trying new foods and watching scary movies.