Eileen McGivney

Researcher & PhD Candidate

Harvard University

Eileen McGivney is currently a PhD candidate and researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on the potentials and challenges of learning with immersive technologies such as virtual reality, particularly for people of diverse identities and cultural backgrounds. Her recent projects include a study of Project OVERCOME, a VR application to help people affected by the criminal justice system practice job interviews, and studying VR field trips in high school science classes. She has also conducted research on learning in virtual environments, makerspaces, and massive open online courses during her time at Harvard. Previously she worked as a research associate at the Center for Universal Education at Brookings and as a research assistant at the Education Reform Initiative in Istanbul, Turkey.