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Michael Lachney

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Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

513D Erickson

Michael Lachney is an assistant professor in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program in the College of Education. He has a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he learned about critical theories of technology and qualitative methods. His research explores the cultural politics of educational technology, including how technology and race co-shape each other in school and out-of-school contexts. In addition, he works on educational technology design strategies and implementation tactics to help educators collaborate with community experts (e.g., braiders, urban gardeners, youth sports coaches, etc.) in culturally responsive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. Michael's research has appeared in the journals,Computer Science Education, Interactive Learning Environments, Learning, Media and Technology, Science as Culture, among others in the fields of STS and educational technology. His most recent project explores how to theorize and ethically construct relationships between humans, nonhuman animals, plants, and technologies in educational technology research.