Corey J. Knox

Dr. Corey Knox is an education researcher and the Broader Impacts Coordinator at the University of Arizona, College of Education. She earned her Ph.D. from the UA-College of Education's Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies Department in 2018. Dr. Knox has over 20 years of experience conducting community-based research and developing programs related to social justice, youth, women, and science and environmental topics. Her doctoral research in science and environmental education illuminated important lessons related to the ways the community members, teachers, and scientists view and frame school-based learning in science and social studies curricula related to environmental issues.  

Prior to coming to the College of Education, she was a social science researcher at the University of Arizona Southwest Institute for Research on Women, leading community-based programs and conducting research in the areas of women and equity, women and criminal justice, community environmental justice issues, and access and involvement of underrepresented communities in STEM and socio-scientific issues. As a curriculum developer and theorizer, she is interested in the ways that formal and informal learning communicates social and environmental justice issues and prepares youth and communities for addressing issues of sustainability and social justice. She has written and published in the areas of homelessness, women’s representation in STEM, school science, as well as developed culturally responsive and social justice-themed science curriculum for middle and high school students. With additional graduate degrees in community psychology and educational technology, she has spent many years teaching in community colleges and universities, including Pima Community College and the University of Alaska. She is currently working with the Institute for Energy Solutions on the Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions Project (SBAR), supporting middle school teachers and graduate student fellows as they incorporate sustainability and science related to alternative energy sources into local science classrooms. In her position as the Broader Impacts Coordinator, Dr. Knox collaborates with scientists and faculty to develop proposals and projects that connect STEM innovations at UA with formal and informal learning for youth in the community and in schools.