Jessica Benally

University of California – Berkeley | Science and Mathematics Education (SESAME)

Research Interests: embodied cognition, geometry education, ecological epistemology, ecological dynamics, design-based research, ethnomathematics, curriculum and pedagogy.



I am a third year doctoral student in the SESAME program with a concentration in mathematics. My interest is in embodying Navajo Knowledge in mathematics curriculum, including community dynamics and land-based spatial perspectives. My current project leverages the students perspective and movement in geometry education with angles. I am from Tohatchi, New Mexico on the Navajo Reservation, and I graduated with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of New Mexico.


Presentations and Publications:

Benally, J., Palatnik, A., Ryokai, K., & Abrahamson, D. (2022). Learning through negotiating conceptually generative perspectival complementarities: The case of geometry. For the Learning of Mathematics, 42(3), 34–41.

Benally, J. (2022, Mar). Braiding what matters into Mathematics Education. Presented at the Confluence roundtable at the Seeding Relations: Beyond Settler Colonial Racialized Ecologies, Harvard University Mahindra Humanities Center Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference.

Benally, J. (2020, Mar). Dynamic embodied angles in a simulated restorative planetarium. Poster accepted for presentation at the annual Research Day, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley.