About Miwa

I am currently an Associate Professor in the Learning Sciences at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.

I serve for the Board of Directors at the International Society of the Learning Sciences and as President for the Network of the Learning Sciences in Canada. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and suggestions for our shared visions on community building.

Before coming to Calgary, I completed my PhD in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.

Previously, I worked as a research fellow with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.


My works are connected toward the goal of re-imagining mathematics and STEM learning, with a focus on linguistic diversity, historicity and power. I pay attention to learners’ embodied and emplaced experiences that have been historically subjugated or hidden. I also pay attention to people’s collective mobilization of mathematics and STEM literacy toward the betterment of society and environmental justice.

To me, research activities are instrumental to shine light on traditionally unseen and hidden disciplinary knowledge shared by (im)migrant and refugee learners and their families. I value co-design of learning environments with learners, teachers, community activists, and families. I am hoping to amplify longitudinal and horizontal analyses of learning.

I love being in Calgary for its accessibility for outdoor activities – I love biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing.

At home, I play the piano and sing (not too well… but I still enjoy). I cultivate my little garden and observe how plants grow in the ecosystem.

I draw a comic based on my mundane life with my beloved partner (my comic is entitled “Everyday Queer” – TBC in my Blog).

Other than these times, I am mostly doing what I love – writing, reading, teaching, and being in the field.