Jill Denner, is a senior research scientist at Education Training Research, a non-profit organization in California. Jill does applied research and evaluation with a focus on increasing the number of women, girls, and Latino students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Dr. Denner has also led the development of several after-school programs designed to increase diversity in computing fields.
Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat
Jill Denner has been principal investigator on 19 federal grants, written numerous peer-reviewed articles, and co-edited two books: Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Gender and Gaming, published by MIT Press in 2008, and Latina Girls: Voices of Adolescent Strength in the U.S., published by NYU Press in 2006. She has also earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College.
Dr. Denner also has led the development of several after-school programs that engage children and their families in computer science through learning to program a computer game. Current research projects include a research-practice partnership to build a computer science pathway in Santa Cruz City Schools, and a research-practice partnership with the Digital NEST, a community-based organization. She is also leading a study of how pair programming can promote diversity in computing, is Co-PI on a longitudinal study of career technical education pathways among community college students, and is doing research to inform the development of a climate change education video game. She is nationally recognized as an expert in strategies to engage girls/women and Latino/a students in computer science, in both K–12 and community college, and regularly does peer review of journal articles as well as grant proposals for the National Science Foundation.