Maegan B. Ruiz

Doctoral Student, Education

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Maegan is interested in team performance, collective expertise, and intersectional identity expression in learning environments. Her prior graduate student work has focused on high school and college students with intersectional identities in Composition classrooms. She was interested in addressing the chronic exclusion of students with intersectional identities from pedagogy related to Reading and Writing; she developed a framework supporting the adoption of a postmodern conception of identity formation for this subset of students, which addressed the exclusion they had experienced due to the classroom’s reliance on dominant academic discourses. Maegan has also conducted research for non-profit organizations aimed at addressing the achievement gap for students with learning and thinking differences, and she currently works with Dr. Andy Butler and Dr. Chris Rozek on various topics related to student belonging, identity, motivation, and memory dynamics.