Sepehr Vakil


Sepehr Vakil is completing his fourth year in the Ph.D. program in Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology in the Graduate School of Education in the department of Cognition and Development. His research interests are centered on the exploration and design of educational spaces that support marginalized students in developing critical, computational and digital literacies through inquiry-oriented, and politically relevant learning experiences.

Publications
  • Vakil, S. (2014). A Critical Pedagogy Approach for Engaging Urban Youth in Mobile App Development in an After-School Program. Equity & Excellence in Education, 47(1), 31-45.
  • McKinney de Royston, M., Vakil, S., Givens, J., Ross, G., Nasir, N. (under review). “He’s More Like a Brother than a Teacher”: Revealing Instructor’s Politicized Caring In a Program for African American Males. Intended for Teachers College Record.
  • Vossoughi, S., & Vakil, S. (under review/in-press). Towards What Ends? A Critical Analysis of Militarism and STEM Education. At War! Challenging Racism, Materialism, and Militarism in Education. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Conference presentations and proceedings
  • Vakil, S., McKinney de Royston, M. (2015, April). Towards Empirically Grounded Design for Emancipatory Learning: Integrating Learning Sciences and Critical Theory Perspectives. Roundtable paper to be presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Vossoughi, S., Vakil, S. (2015, April). Towards What End? A Critical Analysis of Militarism and STEM Education. Symposium to be presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Ross, K., Nasir, N., Givens, J., Vakil, S., Philoxene, D., McKinney de Royston, M., Madkins, T. “I do this for every reason America doesn’t want me to”: African American Male Instructors’ Organic Pedagogies of Love and Resistance. Poster session to be presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, Chicago, IL. (2015, April).
  • Vakil, S. (2014, April). Computational Thinking in an Afterschool Program: How Critical Pedagogy Can Facilitate Engagement for Urban Youth. Roundtable paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Van Wart, S., Vakil, S., Parikh, T. (2014, June). Apps for Social Justice: Motivating Computer Science Learning with Design and Real-World Problem Solving. Paper presented at the SIGCSE Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, Uppsala, Sweden.
  • Vakil, S., McKinney de Royston, M., Givens, J., Ross, K., & Nasir, N. (2014, April). A Microethnographic Study of “Politicized Caring” in an All-Black, All-Male Alternative Classroom Setting. Roundtable paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Nasir, N., McKinney de Royston, M., Ross, K., Givens, J., & Vakil, S. (2014, April). The Intersections of Ideology, Identity, and Learning in an Alternative Space for African American Male Students. Symposium presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Vakil, S., Van Wart, S., Parikh, T. (2014, January). Youth Citizen Design: A Social Justice Pedagogy for Teaching Design Thinking. Workshop presentation at the Creating Balance: Math Education and Social Justice Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Sims, J., Vakil, S., Weathersby, K., Scott, A., Gupta, V. (2014, January). Making the Argument for Centering Critical Pedagogy in Socially Just STEM Education for Middle School, Urban African American Males. Workshop presentation at the Creating Balance: Math Education and Social Justice Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Holman, A., & Vakil, S. (2013, April). African-American parents’ experiences with schools: How a community-based program can strengthen family-school relationships. Roundtable paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.