Carrie Diaz Eaton

Associate Professor of Digital and Computational Studies


Digital and Computational Studies

Pettengill Hall, Room G19


Dr. Carrie Diaz Eaton use a mixed methods approach to research in complex adaptive and co-evolving systems.  Their primary research area is in inclusive and interdisciplinary undergraduate STEM education. Diaz Eaton uses a mix of modeling, computation, data analysis, surveys, ethnography, digital narratives, online communication, and community-based approaches to explore ask how systems are changing and to leverage these insights into change through advocacy.  Student internships and research projects include STEM education research and evaluation, communications, and disease modeling using the tools of network analysis, complex systems, computational text analysis, and mathematical modeling with funded student positions available in inclusive STEM education research and social media communications.

Diaz Eaton’s degrees are in mathematics, and their research is grounded in approaches from complex adaptive systems in evolution and ecology. A long-time social justice advocate and community builder, Diaz Eaton has leveraged their work to create socio-cyber ecosystems which support interdisciplinary STEM education, including QUBES, SCORE and EDSIN, and now leads the Institute for a Racially-just, Inclusive and Open STEM education (RIOS Institute). During the 2022-2023 academic year, Diaz Eaton is on sabbatical as a visiting researcher and at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Mathematics at Brown University and the Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation at the University of Chicago, where she is organizing programs for social justice research and data science.

In 2018, Dr. Diaz Eaton was selected as a SACNAS Leadership Institute Fellow and in 2020 was awarded the Society for Mathematical Biology John Jungck Excellence in Education Prize for interdisciplinary computational and mathematical biology education and mentorship. Dr. Diaz Eaton currently serves as the Chair for the Committee on Minority Participation in Mathematics for the Mathematical Association of America. Dr. Diaz Eaton is also a proud 1st generation Latinx. She is also a mother to two children. Dr. Diaz Eaton values the complex interplay at the intersection of her identities, professional activism in STEM education, research, and teaching.

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