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International and Global Studies
Liberal Arts and Engineering
BA, Cornell University 1986
MA University of Rochester 1989
PhD University of Rochester 1992

My research interests include literature and culture, humanities and STEM integration, and engineering education. These areas are unified by broad concerns for justice, inclusion, and social progress. My literary scholarship considers the ways literature helps to advance social progress and justice. My educational scholarship is aimed at advancing more inclusive, fair, and effective education for all people. 

WPI's unusually trans-disciplinary and collaborative environment inspires my teaching, research, and service. I collaborate with engineering faculty, students, and middle school STEM teachers to develop integrative classroom curricula and materials for college, high school, and middle school classrooms (Women's Impact Network grant). Our team has designed role-playing games (RPGs) to teach engineering and science within a rich cultural context that attends to historical particulars. We call these RPGs "Humanitarian Engineering Past & Present." We've also studied the climate in engineering education for LGBTQ+ students (NSF# 1640499). 

I was part of the WPI team that developed and implemented sweeping changes to the status of contingent faculty at WPI. Our work resulted in the country's first tenure track for teaching faculty along with secured contracts for non tenure-track faculty and full participation in faculty governance for full-time faculty. Those policy changes earned WPI a Delphi Award from the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California.

I teach humanities courses in literature, gender, sexuality, and women's studies, cultural studies, and global studies; Humanities Inquiry Seminars in literary and cultural studies; and Great Problems Seminars in Humanitarian Engineering. With David DiBiasio (Chemical Engineering), I co-direct WPI's program in Liberal Arts and Engineering. I teach literature in Worcester's Clemente Course in the Humanities. Like most WPI faculty, I also advise IQPs on and off campus.

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1: No Poverty

SDG 1: No Poverty - End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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SDG 2: Zero Hunger

SDG 2: Zero Hunger - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

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SDG 4: Quality Education

SDG 4: Quality Education - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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SDG 5: Gender Equality

SDG 5: Gender Equality - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

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SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities - Reduce inequality within and among countries

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SDG 13: Climate Action

SDG 13: Climate Action - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

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Professional Highlights & Honors
Chairman's Exemplary Faculty Prize, 2020

Board of Trustees' Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship, 2017

Best Paper Award, PIC III Division, for "The Theatre of Engineering Education" (co-written with Abel, Bergendahl, DiBiasio, Dodson, Gaudette, Quinn, Robinson, and Sullivan), 2017
American Society for Engineering Education
Best Paper Award for "The Theatre of Humanitarian Engineering" (co-written with Abel, Bergendahl, DiBiasio, Dodson, Gaudette, Quinn, Robinson, and Sullivan), 2017
Liberal Education & Engineering Studies (LEES) Division of ASEE
Delphi Award (given to WPI), 2021
Pullias Center for Higher Education, University of Southern California


SEE MORE NEWS ABOUT Kristin Boudreau
Inside Higher ED
Academic Success Tip: Teaching Introverts Confidence and Community

Inside Higher Ed featured how WPI faculty are "celebrating introverts’ strengths in the course Success for Introverts, looking at the physical and social aspects of introversion and how students can recognize and utilize their practical talents." The offering is taught jointly by N. Aaron Deskins, a professor of chemical engineering, and Kristin Boudreau, professor of humanities and arts.