Dr. Petra Mikulan

Dr. Petra Mikulan currently holds a SSHRC-funded and a Killam funded postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Educational studies at UBC, and her aim is to develop concepts for educational governance and policy that emanate from new modes of knowing life, and specifically, the advancements in neuroscience. Her research is focused on concept development and its relationships to ideas of vitalism and life as they pertain to curriculum theory. The objectives of her research are to a) examine the policy and governance effects of the life sciences on school operation; and b) facilitate new partnerships (e.g., neurologists, geneticists, educators, teacher educators) in order to develop new modes of interdisciplinary research to better understand the augmentations and optimizations of life, genes, and neurological functioning when applied in school settings.