Areas of Expertise

  • Middle Grades Education
  • Science Education
  • Poststructural theories
  • Political theory


  • Ontology of Education
  • Neoliberalism and Education
  • Representations of Nature in Science Education
  • Ethics and Education



  •  Ph.D in Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy, 2006
    Michigan State University


Research Summary

My current research centers on explorations of representations of nature in science education, and neoliberalism’s impact on education. In past I have focused on understanding classroom discourse in K-12 science classrooms and science teacher education programs from the perspectives of individual agency and equity.

Recent Publications

  • Books
  • Weinstein, M., Pouliot, C., Martins, I., Levinson, R., Carter, L., Bencze, L., & Sharma, A. (2023). Science Education Towards Social and Ecological Justice: Provocations and Conversations (Vol. 24). Springer Nature.
  • Sharma, A., Schmeichel, M. & Wurzburg, E. (Eds). (2022). Progressive Neoliberalism in US Education: Critical Perspectives on Manifestations and Resistance. New York: Routledge.
  • शर्मा, अ. (2021). बल्ब कैसे जले. भोपाल: एकलव्य फाउंडेशन. (Translation: Sharma, A. (2021). How the bulb lights up. Bhopal: Eklavya Foundation.)
  • Sharma, A. & Buxton, C. (2018). Natural world and Science Education in the United States. New York: Palgrave-MacMillan.
  • Articles
  • Sharma, A. (2022). Neoliberal etiology and educational failure: A critical exploration. Curriculum Inquiry, 51(5), 542-561.
  • Sharma, A., & Hudson, C. (2021). Depoliticization of educational reforms: the STEM story. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 1-19.
  • Sharma. , A., & Alvey, E. M. (2021). The undercurrents of neoliberal ethics in science curricula: a critical appraisal. Ethics and Education, 16(1), 122-136.
  • Sharma, A. (2020). Phronetic science for wicked times. Journal for Activist Science and Technology Education, 11(2), 7-15.
  • Sharma, A. (2017). The ontology of science teaching in the neoliberal era. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 12(4), 795-813.
  • Schmiechel, M., Sharma, A., & Pittard, B. (2017). Contours of neoliberalism in empirical American educational research. Curriculum Inquiry, 47(2), 195-216.
  • Sharma, A. (2016). Understanding climate change ‘debate’. Science & Education, 25(5-6), 717-723.
  • Sharma, A. (2016). STEM-ification of Education: The Zombie Reform Strikes Again. Journal for Activist Science and Technology Education, 7(1), 42-51.
  • Sharma, A., & Buxton, C. A. (2015). Human–Nature Relationships in School Science: A Critical Discourse Analysis of a Middle‐Grade Science Textbook. Science Education, 99(2), 260-281.
  • Sharma, A. (2015). Teacher activism: Got post-structuralism? Journal for Activist Science and Technology Education, 6(1), 27-36.