Dr. Rachel Luchmun is a senior research scientist at the EdPlus Action Lab at Arizona State University. She obtained a Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology from the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, an MA in Anthropology from Arizona State University, and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Kansas.
Dr. Luchmun's dissertation research focused on the identity and transnational experiences of a small immigrant group in Toronto, Canada. As a graduate student, she also used qualitative research to support the pilot implementation of a social entrepreneurship program for underserved populations in Maricopa County, Arizona. As a Senior Research Scientist at the EdPlus Action Lab at Arizona State University, Dr. Luchmun is engaged in education research using qualitative methods. She co-founded the Equity & Gaps Group (EGG) to support collaborative research projects centered on reducing achievement gaps and improving equity in classes and programs across the university. Such projects include an equity study around the experiences of Black and Hispanic women of in lower-level online math courses, investigating the potential equity impacts of implementing Extended Reality technologies in the classroom, and providing qualitative analyses in support of other projects. Dr. Luchmun’s drive for improving equity in higher education is informed by her experiences as a disabled, immigrant woman of color.
PhD, Anthropology, Arizona State University, 2015-Current
MA, Anthropology, Arizona State University, 2015-2017
BA, Anthropology, University of Kansas, 2012-2014