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Dr. Anna McLean Phillips is a senior lecturer (education focused) in the School of Physics and Astronomy. She researches student experiences in physics learning environments and the practices of professional and student physicists.

She began her career teaching physics, astronomy, and engineering to students in grades 10-12. She completed her masters and doctoral degrees in Physics at Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA. She held postdoctoral positions at Cornell University in New York, USA and Tufts.


Her current research projects include:

  • Computational practices in professional physics and students' engagement in these practices
  • The role of agency in students learning physics practice
  • A mixed-method, longitudinal study on factors related to retention in the physics major

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Physics Education Research, PhD, Problematizing as "Doing Physics": The Importance of Articulating, Refining, and Motivating Problems in Classrooms, Tufts University

1 Sept 201531 May 2019

Award Date: 31 May 2019

Physics, Master of Science, Tufts University

1 Sept 201331 May 2015

Award Date: 31 May 2015

Research area keywords

  • Physics Education
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Science Education
  • Student Experience

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