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Abstract Title: Applying a Racialized Physics Identity Framework for Different Nationalities
Abstract: Through understanding how black physicists negotiate their physics identities in conjunction with their racial and ethnic backgrounds, we can begin to identify common patterns of experiences and how they connect to structural and systemic factors. We have developed an operationalized framework and analysis method in order to examine the intersections of racialized identity [Nasir, 2011] and physics identity [Hazari, 2010]. Because Black physicists are not a monolithic group and can have very differentiated experiences depending on other identities, it is important to be intersectional, attending to the multiple identities that one can have in addition to physics identity and racial identity. To this end, we conduct a case study that examines two physicists who are black women from different countries, America and Kenya. Through the analysis of their interviews, we identify the similarities and differences in the ways that each woman experiences physics, as well as how they view and frame these experiences in relation to their other identities, including race. We outline common barriers that these women face, the different mechanisms they use for addressing them, and the varied role of race in physics identity for each of them.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Simone Hyater-Adams
University of Colorado Boulder
440 S 45th st
Boulder, CO 80305
Phone: 6095608945
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Noah Finkelstein and Kathleen Hinko