I am most interested in efforts aimed at increasing the participation and persistence of underrerepresented populations in STEM disciplines. Central to my approach to studying these efforts are the stories and perspectives of those participating.
My engineering education research efforts have thus far has revolved around my work in Liberia. Specifically, I have looked at the influence of an international peer-to-peer partnership of female engineers on the engineering female student experience through the theoretical lenses of self-efficacy, psychological sense of community, and expectancy-value (this international community is described in further detail in my Teaching & Outreach section). Semi-structured interviews and focus groups were carried out with both the Liberian and University of Michigan undergraduate women who comprise this community. To carry out this research, I draw from qualitative, participatory action, and feminist ethnographic research methods.