Dr. Rishi Krishnamoorthy (They/Them) joins the Penn State College of Education as an assistant professor of education (science education) from Rutgers University, where they served as a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Teaching and Learning. They are former middle and high school science teacher who received an MSc. in Medical Biophysics from the University of Western Ontario and a Ph.D. in Science Education from New York University (NYU).
As a science educator and learning scientist, Rishi’s work draws on critical, Indigenous, feminist new materialist, and postcolonial theories to investigate how power dynamics structure learning environments and science phenomena in and outside of classroom settings. They examine this through two strands of research: 1) A focus on how ideologies from larger social worlds shape how inequities are (re)produced through everyday science teaching interactions and 2) Designing school science curricula that explicitly recognize science teaching and learning as political towards creating solutions for resisting and fighting systems of oppression in learning environments. Across both strands of research, they trace how race, caste, religion, gender, and sexuality-based forms of discrimination emerge in and through everyday science teaching and learning using interaction analysis methods. In doing so, Rishi works towards desettling Eurocentric approaches to science education where precolonial and Indigenous ways of knowing are valued in science education research, teaching, and learning.
Rishi desires to be part of building a future where all youth are recognized as successful learners through science teaching and curriculum that values multiple epistemologies and better reflects minoritized communities’ ways of knowing and being.