Michelle Hoffman’s area of focus at Bard’s Institute for Writing and Thinking, where she is assistant director, is writing to learn in STEM disciplines. Her research focuses on the history of psychology and education. She has a particular interest in transfer of training, a body of experimental research that examines whether learning skills acquired in one area readily transfer to other domains—a question that strikes at the core of teachers’ work. Hoffman also teaches undergraduate courses in the history and philosophy of science and in the First-Year Seminar program. She previously taught at the American University of Central Asia, Bard’s partner in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, as well as Bard’s Language and Thinking Program and Bard Prison Initiative.
BSc, Concordia University; MA, PhD, University of Toronto; Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, American University of Central Asia (AUCA). At Bard since 2015.