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Deepa Srikantaiah, PhD
Deepa Srikantaiah, PhD, is World Learning’s senior education and research specialist where she provides support for early grade mathematics and literacy programs and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs in the Global Development unit. Dr. Srikantaiah has more than 15 years of experience working on mathematics, science, and literacy education programs in the United States, East Africa, and South and East Asia and has a diverse work and research portfolio. Dr. Srikantaiah was a senior researcher for the USAID-funded Reading within Reach Project/Global Reading Network, where she contributed to building the research and evidence in early grade reading and mathematics. In the 2015–2016 academic year, she was a Fulbright-Nehru U.S. Scholar in India where she conducted research to improve mathematics and science education for poor, marginalized, and vulnerable youth and primary school age students. Dr. Srikantaiah was also an education specialist at the Global Partnership for Education Secretariat, a partnership hosted by the World Bank, where she initiated and headed the work on early grade mathematics education. Dr. Srikantaiah started her career teaching chemistry and working on after school STEM programs for students from low-income neighborhoods in the U.S. This experience fueled her passion for teaching and education and led her to pursue graduate work in education. She holds an MA and PhD, in International Education Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Expertise: literacy and numeracy education, STEM education, education research