Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction and Community & Environmental Sociology
226 Teacher Education Building
608-262-6288 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Languages: English, some Spanish
Education: Harvard University – BA in Biology Stanford University – BS in Biological Sciences Stanford University – PhD in Science Education
Lab website: https://ci.education.wisc.edu/ci/people/faculty/noah-feinstein
My research focuses on how, when, and why people interact with science outside of school and research settings, particularly on the rare occasions when it becomes personally important to them. I’ve become increasingly interested in the applications of my work to climate change.
After completing an undergraduate degree in biology with the intention of becoming a marine ecologist, I realized I was more interested in the complex role of science in society — particularly the often unpredictable ways in which it touches the lives of non-scientists. I spent a few years working in museums, then returned to graduate school for my doctorate in science education. Along the way I picked up an MS in neural development because no-one told me not to. In my current position, I study how people understand and use science as they confront health and sustainability challenges in their personal, social, and political lives. I recently contributed to a new National Academies report on science literacy, and am currently studying how science museums seek to become more equitable institutions. I am also building a new research agenda around the role of education in adapting to climate change.
What is your passion? Fatherhood! At the moment, I can’t think of anything better than playing with my daughter and watching her grow. It’s an impromptu course in human development – and in humanity, more generally.