Jacob Kirksey


I am gay and I am a STEM education researcher. //

I’m a PhD candidate in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and a graduate research fellow with the National Science Foundation. Drawing from various perspectives and interdisciplinary frameworks, my research examines unintended consequences in educational policy and focuses on frequently forgotten student populations (e.g. students with special needs). My primary research interest examines STEM pathways for students and adults with disabilities, including how skills and school-factors function differently for populations with disabilities. I was recently awarded funding from the National Science Foundation to conduct research in Australia to examine cross-national differences of inclusive education and math outcomes for students with and without disabilities with a particular focus on instructional practices in math. As a STEM researcher, I hope to become a tenure-track assistant professor with a long-term goal of creating my own STEM-disabilities research center.