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I am a PhD Candidate in the Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division of the Graduate School of Education at University of Pennsylvania, and I design, implement, and study learning experiences that use creative, interdisciplinary technologies to support identity authorshipspeculative storytelling, and creative expression among Black and Brown youth interested in learning STEM. I am advised by Dr. Yasmin Kafai.

I am also a comic illustrator interested in merging education research and comic art to make research communication more accessible and culturally-relevant.

Full CV


University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education
PhD in Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education
2017 - present

University of Nevada - Las Vegas
MEd in Curriculum and Instruction (Secondary Science Education)
2012 - 2014

Stanford University
BAH in Human Biology (Adolescent Development)




2019 - 2021

Techbridge Girls

Program Coordinator 

2014 - 2017

Teach For America: Las Vegas

8th Grade Science Teacher

2012 - 2014


Fellowships & Awards 

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

2022 - 2023

Curriculum Inquiry Writing Fellowship and Writing Retreat

Summer 2022

Spelman College COE-MWS Care and Create 2022 Working Retreat

Spring 2022

Lucas Education Research Student Voice in PBL Fellowship

2017 - 2018

Featured Publications 

Shaw, M. S., Coleman, J. J., Thomas, E. E., & Kafai, Y. B. (2023). Recoding Black Girls’ Futures: Using Womanist Quilting Methodologies to Reimagine Dominant Social Codes in Computing Education. Journal of the Learning Sciences,  DOI: 10.1080/10508406.2023.2179847

Fields, D. A., Lui, D., Kafai, Y. B., Jayathirtha, G., Walker, J. T., & Shaw, M.S. (2021). Communicating about computational thinking: understanding affordances of portfolios for assessing high school students’ computational thinking and participation practices. Computer Science Education, 31(2), 224-258.

Shaw, M. S., Fields, D. A., & Kafai, Y. B. (2020). Leveraging Local Resources and Contexts for Inclusive Computer Science Classrooms: Reflections from Experienced High School Teachers Implementing Electronic Textiles. Computer Science Education, 30(3), 313-336.

Shaw, M. S., Fields, D. A., & Kafai, Y. B. (2019). Connecting with Computer Science: Electronic Textile Portfolios as Ideational Identity Resources for High School Students. International Journal of Multicultural Education, 21(1). 


Mozfest Spelman College "Black Women’s Experiences with Algorithmic Microaggressions" Black paper with Dr. Jaye Nias


PBS Kids Equity and Computational Thinking Presentation with Dr. Amon Milner


PACE Equity Summit presentation with Dr. Deborah Fields


Book chapter and illustrations in Drs. Katie Pak and Sharon Ravitch's "Critical Leadership Praxis for Educational and Social Change"

Featured Proceedings

Shaw, M. S., Ji, G., Zhang, Y., & Kafai, Y.B. (2021). Promoting socio-political identification with computer science: How high school youth restory their identities through electronic textile quilts. Proceedings of RESPECT 2021. Available at

Shaw, M. S., Kafai, Y.B., Zhang, Y., Ji, G., Russo, R., & Aftab, A. (2021). Connecting with Computer Science: Two Case Studies of Restorying CS Identity with Electronic Textile Quilts. In E. de Vries, J. Ahn, & Y. Hod (Eds.), 15th International Conference of the Learning Sciences – ICLS 2021 (pp. 697-700). International Society of the Learning Sciences, 2021.

Shaw, M. S. (2020). Restorying through Computational Quilts: A Critical Approach Towards Reimagining Computer Science. In Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research (ICER '20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 344–345. DOI:

Shaw, M. S., & Kafai, Y. B. (2020). Charting the Identity Turn in K-12 Computer Science Education: Developing More Inclusive Learning Pathways for Identities. In Gresalfi, M. and Horn, I. S. (Eds.), The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 1 (pp. 114-121). Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences.

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