Deepa Chari

Deepa Chari

Designation: Reader F

Areas of interest

  • Physics identity, diversity representation in STEM, gender studies in physics 

  • Math-physics interactions in undergraduate courses

  • Responsive teaching, teacher professional development

  • Phenomenology 


  • PhD Physics, Dublin Technological University, Dublin, Ireland

Graduate courses 

Postdoctoral research experience>

  • (May 2016- Auguest 2019) Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA
  • (January 2015- May 2016) Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA

Selective journal publications

Google Scholar Page

  • Panchami Jose, Sugra Chunawala & Deepa Chari (2023) Of the forbidden frontiers of the body: exploring teachers' narratives about students' sexuality in the south Indian state of Keralam, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2023.2181446
  • Meenakshi Kaushik, Sugra Chunawala, and Deepa Chari (2022) Promoting Socioscientific Issue-based Science Education- Finding opportunities in Assessment, Eurasian Journal of Science and Environmental Education.Vol. 2(2), pp 51-61
  • Hazari Zahra, Chari Deepa, Potvin Geoff, and Brewe Eric (2020) The context dependence of physics identity: Examining the role of performance/competence, recognition, interest, and sense of belonging for lower and upper female physics undergraduates,  Journal of Research in Science Teaching JRST
  • Chari Deepa, Nguyen Hai, Zollman Dean, and Sayre Eleanor (2019) Student and instructor framing in upper-division physics, American Journal of Physics 87, 875. 
  • Malone Andrew, Chari Deepa, Cournane Sean, Nadenova Izabela, Fagan Andrew, and Browne Jacinta (2019), Investigation of the assessment of low degree (<50%) renal artery stenosis based on velocity flow profile analysis using Doppler ultrasound: An in-vitro study, European journal of Physica Medica. Vol. 65, Pages 209–218
  • Chari Deepa and Potvin Geoff (2019) Admissions practices in terminal Master's degree-granting physics departments: A comparative analysis, Physical Review Physics Education Research, 15(1), 010104. DOI: 
  • Browne Jacinta, King Deirdre, Fagan Andrew, Chari Deepa, and Moran Carmel (2019) An investigation of the detection capability of pulsed wave duplex Doppler of low grade stenosis using ultrasound contrast agent microbubbles - An in-vitro study, Ultrasonics, 96, pp 48-54,
  • Potvin Geoff, Chari Deepa, and Hodapp Ted (2017) Investigating approaches to diversity in a national survey of physics doctoral degree programs: The landscape of graduate admissions, Physical Review Physics Education Research, 13 (2), 020142.
  • Chari Deepa,  Irving Paul, Howard Robert, and Bowe Brain (2012) Identifying knowledge, skill, and competence for nanoscience and nanotechnology research: study of researchers’ experiences; Special Issue on current trends in nanotechnology education, International Journal of Engineering Education, 28 (5), pp 1046-1055,

 Keynote/Plenary/Invited talks

  • Improving classroom environments for student-centered learning in STEM subjects/courses: a case of physics; Deepa Chari; Keynote speech at the 3rd STEM in Education International conference (2022 STEMEIC): Building resilient and sustainable systems for STEM teaching, learning, and research in post-COVID-19 era, organized by Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Nairobi Kenya in partnership with Diversity Education Institute (DEI) and San Houston State University, Texas, USA, (online) 16-18 November 2022.
  • Vigyan Vidushi-A programmatic effort towards addressing under-representation issues in the graduate-level physics; Chari Deepa, Mazumdar Anwesh, Nanal Vandana, Dighe Amol, Invited talk at the Graduate Education Forum, American Association of Physics Teachers' Summer Meeting (Online), July 31- Aug 4, 2021. 
  • Contributing to research, policy, and practice through science education careers, talk in the seminar series on 'Windows of opportunities in science and engineering' organized by the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Mumbai chapter and Indian National Young Academy of Sciences (INYAS), 29 May 2021.
  • Faculty workshop on "Moving towards Physics Education Research (PER) informed instructional reforms" at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali, July- August 2020 
  • Examining and Promoting Identity Development for Diversifying Physics at the Pressing for Progress 2019-IPA conference, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India (September 2019)
  • Understanding students as stakeholders for the institutional change, Seminar at TIFR, Hyderabad (September 2019)
  • Prospective graduate students’ views on barriers and motivations towards physics graduate school at the ‘Graduate education experience’ talk symposium, AAPT summer meeting, Provo, Utah, USA (July 2019).
  • Admissions from the racially underrepresented students’ perspectives at the ‘From aspirations to dissertations’ invited session at Physics Education Research Conference, Washington DC, USA. (Aug 2018)
  • Graduate admission practices - multi stakeholders’ perspectives, American Florida Network- Women in STEM Education AFN WISE travel grant lecture at Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA (May 2018)
  • From undergraduate to graduate physics: building a strong physics community, at Physics Department, Texas A&M University, Commerce, Texas, USA (Mar 2018) 
  • Enriching instructional practice through students’ framing of physics problems at Physics Department, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (Jan 2018)
  • Graduate students’ enculturation at Physics departments at the ‘Multiple perspectives on graduate admissions and diversity in physics’ symposium session, Physics Education Research Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA (July 2017)
  • Examining undergraduate students' views of graduate admissions’, talk in ‘Multiple perspectives on graduate admissions and diversity in physics session’ Physics Education Research Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA (July 2017)
  • Mathematization in upper division at the HHMI Discipline-Based Education research seminar series, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA (Oct 2016)

Selective conference proceedings

  • Sushma Rawool, Aaloka Kanhere, Lale Vijay, Chari Deepa; Adding holistic contributions during an unconventional journey of language editing; Teacher Conference on Integration of Technology in Teaching and Learning of Science by NVMSF: Challenges and Benefits of Online Education; 5 February 2022.
  • V. Madhurima, Ram Ramaswamy, Deepa Chari, Vandana Nanal and Tanushri Saha-Dasgupta; Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Physics teaching in India; AIP conference proceedings of Women in Physics: 7th IUPAP International conference on women in Physics, 11-16 July 2021 (to appear)
  • Srubabati Goswami, Aru Beri, Bindu Bambah, Deepa Chari, V. Madhurima, Gautom Menon, Vandana Nanal, Pragya Pandey, Tanusri Saha-Dasgupta, Aditi Sen-De, Prajval Shastri; Gender Equity in Physics in India: Interventions, Outcomes, and Roadmap; AIP conference proceedings of Women in Physics: 7th IUPAP International conference on women in Physics; 11-16 July 2021 (to appear)  
  • Sarita Kamat and Deepa Chari; Augmenting Science Education Resources Of Vigyan Pratibha Through Videos; Online teacher conference by NVMSF on Developing online interactive environment for science teaching and learning; 6 February 2021.

Workshops in collaboration with The Gender in Physics Working Group (GIPWG) of the IPA


Recent conference presentations

  • Panchami Jose, Sugra Chunawala, Deepa Chari (2023) Slippery terrains of science and sexual morality: exploring the frequent departures from 'Medico to Socio-cultural moral grounds' in higher secondary biology classroom discourse (2023), The ninth world conference on Women's Studies, WCWS 2023, Bangkok, Thailand, 11-12 May 2023. 
  • Prithu Raj Ghosh, Tripti Bameta, Deepa Chari, K K Mashood (2022) Student understanding of the direction of force due to atmospheric pressure: A tale of two models. Physics Education-preparing for the future, IUPAP international conference on physics education conference, 5-9 December 2022 (online)

 Author, Editor: Books and Proceedings

  • Deepa Chari and Ayush Gupta et al. Eds (2022), Proceedings of epiSTEME-9 - International Conference to Review Research on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education, Mumbai, India, 4-8 July 2022 (Online)

 Research mentoring

  • Thesis Advisor: Panchami Jose, PhD student (2022 - ), Meenakshi Kaushik, PhD student (2022- ), Chaitanya Ursekar (2022-)
  • VF Mentor: Dr. Sarita Kamat, Vigyan Pratibha Visiting Fellow, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, (2020- )
  • Fieldwork mentor/co-mentor: Saurabh Thakur, Harsha Malhotra, Anupama Das, Prithu Raj Ghosh.
  • Teacher fellow mentor: Raziya Parrakkal (Vigyan Pratibha Teacher Fellow)
  • Short-term visitor mentor: Dr. Deepika Bansal, Dr. Asmita Redij, Dr. Rossi Desuza,  

Expository writings/popular science articles/Independent communication