LAURELS: Jenni Higgs of Education Faculty Wins Postdoctoral Fellowship



  • Jennifer M. “Jenni” Higgs, School of Education
  • Mukund Rangamani, College of Letters and Science

Jennifer M. “Jenni” Higgs headshot
Jenni Higgs

Jennifer M. “Jenni” Higgs, an assistant professor in the School of Education, has been selected to receive a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship — one of 25 awarded in a pool of 258 applicants for 2022.

The program — administered by the academy, an honorary society, with a grant from the Chicago-based Spencer Foundation —  offers early-career scholars the opportunity to focus on their research and attend professional development retreats. Each fellowship is supported by an award of $70,000 intended for salary replacement and expenses.

Higgs is a scholar of learning and mind sciences and language, literacy, and culture. Her faculty webpage states: “Drawing from sociocultural learning theories and employing methodologies such as design-based research and survey research, she investigates young people’s and teachers’ sense-making of digital tools and ecologies that invite new forms of reading, writing, and participation; support structures that can help teachers facilitate equitable uses and understandings of digital technologies; and the spread and scale of educational innovations in our advanced digital age.”

She received her fellowship for the research topic “Computing Education for the People: Broadening Participation Through Sociotechnical Awareness in Secondary English Language Arts and Civics Classrooms.”

Mukund Rangamani headshot
Mukund Rangamani

Professor Mukund Rangamani, a theoretical physicist in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been named a fellow of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation for his “groundbreaking contributions to the gauge-gravity duality and the fluid-gravity correspondence.”

Rangamani specializes in string theory, quantum field theory, quantum gravity and quantum information. He is a member of the UC Davis Center for Quantum Mathematics and Physics.

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