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Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences & Human Development, University of Washington

Dr. Niral Shah is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington. His research focuses on racial and gender equity in STEM education. Shah’s work has looked at how racial narratives about STEM ability affect students’ identities and participation in classrooms. He is also a co-developer of the EQUIP classroom observation tool (, which supports teachers and district leaders to identify implicit bias in classrooms.

Dr. Shah’s work has been published in numerous top journals, including Teachers College Record and the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education. He is a National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellow and Postdoctoral Fellow, and his work has been funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, Spencer Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. Prior to academia, Dr. Shah was a high school teacher and department chair at a racially and linguistically diverse school in Northern California.


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    Assistant Professor of Education, University of Washington