Researcher // Educator // Designer

Golnaz  Arastoopour Irgens

I design and build inclusive STEM digital learning environments and use learning analytics to make sense of people’s experiences.

My academic research examines how to model and measure cognitive connections. More recently, I am exploring learning from a social justice point of view and using critical race feminist theories.

I am Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences in the College of Education at Clemson University, Director of the IDEA Lab, and Co-Director of the Digital Media and Learning Lab at Clemson.

Data Science is my hobby.



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Journals and Book chapters

Arastoopour Irgens, G. (2019). Facilitating a Sense of Belonging for Women of Color in Engineering: The Case for Virtual Internships. In Roscoe, R.D., Chiou, E.K., & Wooldridge, A.R. (Eds.), Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice through Human Systems Engineering. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Arastoopour, G., Shaffer, D.W., Swiecki, Z., Ruis, A.R., & Chesler, N.C. (2016). Teaching and Assessing Engineering Design Thinking with Virtual Internships and Epistemic Network Analysis. International Journal of Engineering Education, 32(3), 1-10.

Arastoopour, G., Chesler, N.C., & Shaffer, D.W. (2014). Epistemic Persistence: A Simulation-Based Approach to Retaining Women in Engineering. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 20(3), 211-234. 


Arastoopour Irgens, G., Dabholkar, S., Chandra, S., Horn, M., & Wilensky, U. (2019). Classifying Emergent Student Learning in a High School Computational Chemistry Unit. Paper presented at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Toronto, CA.  

Arastoopour, G., & Shaffer, D. W. (2015). Epistemography and Professional CSCL Environment Design. In Lindwall, O., Häkkinen, P., Koschman, T. Tchounikine, P. & Ludvigsen, S. (Eds.) Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015, Volume 1 (pp. 204 - 211) Gothenburg, Sweden.

Arastoopour, G., & Shaffer, D.W. (2013). Measuring Social Identity Development in Epistemic Games. In Rummel, N., Kapur, M., Nathan, M., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.), To See the World and a Grain of Sand: Learning across Levels of Space, Time, and Scale: CSCL 2013 Conference Proceedings Volume 1 (pp. 42 – 48). Madison, WI.


For a full list of publications, download my CV.



Golnaz Arastoopour Irgens
(goal-nuhz  ah-ras-two-poor  er-gens)