Dr. Phillip A. Boda received his Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University in Science Education. His work focuses on socially-just research involving Cultural and Disability Studies in Science Education, Educational Technology, and Urban Education. He previously worked at The Learning Partnership as a Post-doctoral researcher, and held an appointment at the University of California, Berkeley as a Post-doctoral researcher in Dr. Marcia Linn's WISE Research Group. He was also a Post-doctoral researcher for two years at Stanford University with Dr. Bryan Brown.
Dr. Boda’s work leverages the affordances of relationship-building with students, their local communities, and teachers to answer questions about what impacts students at the overlapping nexuses of under-represented identities (i.e., race, class, gender, disability, and native language). His work has explored how researchers analyze student-, teacher, and school-level data in ways that, when combined with Design-based Research methods, change the landscape of learning environments by design to respond to those students multiply marginalized in STEM and Science. Through this work, he inquiries how intersectionality as a critical social theory can teach us why it is imperative to problematize achievement, affect, and the socio-political nature of disciplines.
His career goals are focused on changing the status quo in STEM Education, Science Education, and Computer Science Education such that not only is the research he conducts helping to broaden participation in these fields, but also radically changing the possibilities that these disciplinary fields could afford multiply marginalized youth in understanding the world around them as a function of raising their, and their teachers’, critical consciousness toward social justice right now.