BA Christ University, India, 2007
MA University of Kansas, 2011
PhD University of Kansas, 2014
Social and Cultural Psychology
My teaching philosophy is based on the principles of action teaching: a style of teaching that contributes towards social justice and turns courses into ‘live experiences through fieldwork, classroom activities, and other assignments’ (Plous, 2009). I strive towards this by focusing on two major goals. My first goal is to create a learning environment that is dialogue driven, and in which students are actively involved in their own learning. My second goal is to strive towards higher levels of student learning, moving from mere description of course concepts towards synthesis and application of course concepts to real world issues, and evaluation of evidence. As in my research, my teaching focuses on issues of social justice and I strive towards increasing students' sense of critical consciousness.
My interests lie in topics of social justice with a specific focus on the role of cultural tools (e.g., museums, educational curricula) in the reproduction of privilege and disadvantage. I use a variety of research methods (e.g., laboratory research, interviews, field research) to conduct research in U.S., Canada, and India. I strive towards conducting research that can be used to understand and alleviate social inequalitiies through engagement in collective action.
Email me if you are a student and interested in conducting research in my lab and/or pursuing an independent research project.
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