I am a PhD student at the University of Cambridge in the faculty of Education. My current research examines the ways in which behavioural genetics research on intelligence does and could shape how American educators conceptualize intelligence and student success. Specifically, I study how genetics research on IQ and educator understandings of intelligence may engage with the phenomenon of ethnic minority and low income underrepresentation in US gifted education programs.
For nearly 150 years, the concept of intelligence and its study have offered scientific ways of classifying people in terms of their ability. The drive to identify and quantify exceptional mental capacity may have a...