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Elli Theobald, Ph.D.

Associate Teaching Professor, University of Washington


Elli is currently an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington. In the summer of 2024, she will start as an Assistant Professor on the Tenure Track. Prior to her current position, Elli worked as a middle school and high school teacher, where she taught 7th, 8th, and 9th grade math and science. She earned a Master’s in Education from Alliant International University in San Francisco and earned a PhD in ecology, from the University of Washington. After her PhD, she transitioned to discipline-based education research as a postdoc. Research in her group focuses on equity in higher education STEM classes. She uses quantitative and sometimes qualitative approaches to: 1) describe inequities; 2) identify instructor and systemic practices that disrupt inequities; and 3) scale equitable practices to all classes in all STEM disciplines.

Science Programs at Allen Institute