I am curious about how and why people develop interest and sustain motivation for specific academic domains, careers, and other lifelong pursuits. More specifically, I am curious about how these motivational experiences and self-regulation processes can be supported or disrupted by the social and cultural context in which interests are sparked, developed, and ultimately integrated (or not) with one’s identity and self-concept. I strive to understand how the development and maintenance of interest is influenced by one’s social identity and social interactions. Grounded in this social-contextual framework of motivation, my recent work primarily addresses aims for broadening of participation and diversity in science education. I aim to identify and remove social-contextual barriers that impede the development of educational and career interests for students from stigmatized and underrepresented backgrounds.
I am currently working on several lines of research, including: