Dr. Areej Mawasi

Research Associate, AI Institute, CU Boulder


Researcher of learning sciences, ed-tech, and design-based research methodologies 

Ph.D. in Learing, Literacies, and Technologies

Arizona State University 


Email: armw7353 at colorado dot edu 

I study learners engagement and design learning environments with tools like technologies, games, and hands-on artifacts. In my interdisciplinary research, I focus on the intersection of learning sciences, technologies and digital media, design-based methods, and critical STEM (ethics, equity, and societial aspects of engagement with STEM).   


I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in learning sciences,  co-design metholdogy, AI technology literacies, and equity in NSF National AI Institute for Student-AI Teaming at CU Boulder Institute of Cognitive Science. Most recently, I have been working  on participatory and co-design based metholdogies to study and implement justice oriented AI-literacies units with youth and teachers in classrooms and out of school workshops. I am also examining collaborative learning processes during learners-teachers interactions in the co-design and implementation phases. 


I completed my PhD in Learning, Literacies, and Technologies at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University in 2021. At ASU, I worked at Center for Science and the Imagination.

During my graduate studies, my work has been supported by Fulbright scholarship, ASU merit-based grants, and two NSF research grants through research assistantships. I also received multiple ASU and MLFTC outstanding awards for my research in learning sciences and educational technology: ASU FWA Distinguished Graduate Student Award (2021), Outstanding Research Award (2019), Dissertation Research Award (2020), Doctoral Research Mini-Grant (2020), and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Fellowship Award (2019).


I completed my Master's degree in Educational Technology in MLFTC at ASU in 2017 and my bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusaleum in 2014. 


I'm an alumna of several international fellowships in citizen media, technology, justice, and education, including: Soliya Fellowship, Transparency International Activate, Global Entrepreneurship Summer School, and Transitional Justice Fellowship of Minerva Center for Human Rights in Law School at the Hebrew University. Most recently, I have been selected to participate in a research sprint program on digital self-determination hosted by the Digital Asia Hub (DAH) in collaboration with the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University and the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers.