Maria Wallace, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of STEM Education
University of Southern Mississippi
Dr. Maria Wallace is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi. Earning a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with specializations in Curriculum Theory, Science Education, and a graduate minor in Women’s & Gender Studies from Louisiana State University, Dr. Wallace’s research and teaching aim to deterritorialize beginning (science) teachers’ subjectivities and practice. Leveraging the insight from multiple academic disciplines, she attempts to (re)imagine ways beginning science teachers (and their work) are known, named, and re/produced. In her research on science education, Dr. Wallace works to mobilize critical conversations about how ‘ideas materialize’ (e.g., power, equity, justice, science, research methodologies, etc.).
Explored in several of her publications and presentations, Dr. Wallace regularly examines the multifaceted role of ethics and politics as it pertains to science, science education, and teacher education. Examples of this intersection can be seen in two of her current projects:
(a) Rendering an/other capable: Posthuman possibilities for intersectional justice within science teacher preparation (Funded by the Spencer Foundation);
(b) Reimagining Science Education in the Anthropocene (Co-edited collection in press with Palgrave MacMillan).
In addition to these projects, Dr. Wallace enjoys collaborating with budding researchers, non-profit organizations, and K-12 teachers to explore transdisciplinary questions about the educational experience.