Philip Bell, Ph.D.
Professor, College of Education
University of Washington
Philip Bell is Professor and Area Chair of Learning Sciences & Human Development in the College of Education at the University of Washington in Seattle where he holds the Shauna C. Larson Endowed Chair in Learning Sciences. His current research focuses on understanding and resourcing equity improvements in PK-12 science education—with a key focus on promoting climate and environmental justice across scales of educational implementation. Working from his position as a white settler scholar, he seeks to promote equitable STEM learning within and across settings in ways that are personally consequential to learners and their communities through culturally responsive and resurgent pedagogies. He has worked with families and communities in their home settings and neighborhoods, in classrooms and informal education programs, in educational contexts governed by Indigenous nations and communities, and across school districts and national networks in partnership with teachers and educational leaders. Since 2008 he has directed the UW Institute for Science & Math Education focused on promoting equity and justice in PK-12 STEM education through partnerships between the university, community organizations, and educational institutions. Bell also edits a popular collection of professional learning resources called STEM Teaching Tools.