My interests in this field are broad, but largely center on identifying scalable strategies in higher education that improve learning for all, and reducing attrition of historically underrepresented groups in STEM fields. 

Research in the Ballen lab addresses the role of higher education in creating just and equitable communities – we do this through investigations that reveal causes and consequences of gaps in science literacy, and how educators can design their courses to minimize barriers to success. By developing an integrated experimental and theoretical research program we explore how classroom and social influences shape student learning, personal and professional development, and educational and career trajectories.

Past Affiliations

Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Biology Teaching and Learning, College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota Twin Cities (past)

Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University (past)

Biological Science
PhD, University of Sydney, Australia, Evolutionary Biology , 2014
BS, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Fisheries and Wildlife/Biological Sciences , 2008