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Heather Falconer (PhD ’18) Publishes Masking Inequality with Good Intentions: Systemic Bias, Counterspaces, and Discourse Acquisition in STEM Education

English alumnus Heather Falconer has published Masking Inequality with Good Intentions, examining the impact of systemic bias on disciplinary discourse acquisition and identity development. Drawing on the experiences and writings of six students from historically underrepresented backgrounds in STEM, each participating in an undergraduate research program, Falconer discusses how programmatic and pedagogical choices can work to either further marginalize students and disrupt their writing and identity development as scientists or create counterspaces—spaces where students can thrive and push back against dominant, oppressive forces. The open-access book is available at the WAC Clearinghouse, with a print edition from University Press of Colorado in the coming months.

Heather Falconer is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Maine.

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