About me

Hey y'all!


My name is Mia Shaw, and I am a doctoral student in the Teaching, Learning, and Leadership department at Penn’s Graduate School of Education. Growing up around the Monterey Bay/Salinas Valley area, I graduated from Stanford University, where I received a BA in Human Biology (with a focus on adolescent development and with honors). Before my doctoral program, I was a middle school science teacher in Las Vegas, NV, and a STEM maker educator in Oakland, CA.


I am interested in designing STEAM+CS-rich making environments where Black and Brown youth can design artifacts that author expanded identities and restory (reimagine) dominant narratives about STEM and computer science reflective of their lived experiences. In other words, I want to create learning spaces where Black and Brown youth can just be while designing projects that imagine new futures. Outside of my research, I am a cartoonist and illustrator. I love all things music (alternative hip hop and neo soul are my jam), pop culture, and cats.


Me and my homegirl, Helena, on her Gotcha Day :)