Niral Shah




Degrees:
  • Ph.D. in Education (focus on Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology), 2013, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A. in Education (focus on Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology), 2010, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.S.E. in Economics, 2002, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A.S. in Computer Science, 2002, University of Pennsylvania
Background:

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Research in Cognition and Mathematics Education (RCME) program. While my early academic work was in business and computer science, I became interested in education after teaching high school math at a low-income, urban school in the Bay Area.

Research Interests:

Broadly speaking, my research concerns the design of equitable learning environments in STEM education. My dissertation work, which was funded by a NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, investigated how racial narratives (e.g., "Asians are good at math") mediate learning in high school mathematics, with an emphasis on identity formation and the racialization of everyday classroom practices. Currently, I am exploring how status is negotiated between students in computer science classrooms. The research uses a mixed methods approach to understand the relationship between status hierarchies and students' opportunities to learn, particularly in the context of collaborative learning situations.