Kevin O'Connor

Areas of Expertise
Activism and Social Movements, Communication and Discourse, Ethnography of Education, Human Development, Identity Processes, Learning Processes, STEM Education, Sociocultural Theories and Perspectives

Biography

Kevin O’Connor is assistant professor of educational psychology. His scholarship focuses on human action, communication, and learning as socioculturally organized phenomena. One major strand of research has explored the varied trajectories taken by students as they attempt to enter professional disciplines such as engineering, and focuses on the dilemmas encountered by students as they move through these institutionalized trajectories. Another strand of research has explored community organizing efforts that aim to construct new trajectories into valued futures for youth, especially those of nondominant communities. He is co-editor of a 2010 National Society for the Study of Education Yearbook, Learning Research as a Human Science. Other work has appeared in Linguistics and EducationMind, Culture, and ActivityAnthropology & Education Quarterly, the Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science; and the Journal of Engineering Education. His teaching interests include developmental psychology; sociocultural theories of communication, learning, and identity; and discourse analysis.

Education

PhD, Psychology, Clark University, Worcester, Mass., 2001
BA, Philosophy, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Penn., 1987