Michelle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education and Cognitive Science Program at Tufts. She is interested in how learners of all ages make sense of the kinds of mathematics that are becoming increasingly important in contemporary STEM practice – topics like mathematical modeling, computational mathematics, and dynamic representations of complex quantitative data. Her research focuses on finding ways to make such topics more accessible to learners by building on their existing knowledge and everyday experiences. She uses this research to inform the design of technologies that give learners new ways to construct and interact with mathematics through movement, language, and simulation. Michelle holds a PhD in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University, and Bachelor degrees in Mathematics and Education from the University of San Diego.