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  • Christopher J. Cormier

    Christopher J. Cormier

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Education

    BioDr. Christopher J. Cormier is a former special education teacher and a current postdoctoral fellow in the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. He has taught first through 12th in Title 1 schools in the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan area. His research program focuses on the social and cultural contexts of minoritized learners and teachers in special education. Under this overarching theme, he has two lines of scholarship. The first is on the professional and socio-emotional lives of minoritized teachers. The second is on culturally informed identification of minoritized students in special education. Dr. Cormier brings a comparative lens to both of his research lines with studies in national and international contexts. He is the current President of the Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL) of the Council for Exceptional Children.

    Current research projects include the following:

    •Special education teacher burnout, stress and mental health and how it changes over the school year.

    •Understanding the protective nature of Afrocentric schools in the United States and Canada and its impact on Black students with disabilities.

  • Annie Le

    Annie Le

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Education

    BioAnnie Le is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Walkout! Lab for Youth Justice at Stanford University. She supports the DisCrit Incarcerated and DisCrit & Disproportionality projects.

    Annie's research agenda focuses on the intersection of racial equity, schooling, and carcerality. Her latest research uses qualitative methods to examine how criminalization and gang affiliation impact processes of racialization for Asian American and Pacific Islander youth. She led several qualitative projects on the experiences of incarcerated youth, in LA county and in Guam.

    Annie earned her Ph.D. in Social Sciences and Comparative Education at UCLA with a specialization in race and ethinic studies. She served as a Research Associate for the Institution for Immigration, Globalization, and Education, the Center for the Transformation of Schools, and UCLA's Prison Education Program. As a graduate student she co-led a mentoring program for incarcerated boys in the "high risk" unit at a juvenile hall in LA county.

  • Pauli Pakarinen

    Pauli Pakarinen

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Education

    BioPauli Pakarinen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University in Graduate School of Education. His research examines the intersection of professional work, technology, and expertise. Pauli conducts ethnographic observation, archival work, and interviews to develop new understandings on the role that expert knowledge – institutionalized in practitioners, organizations, and technologies – plays in intervening, transforming, and governing organizations, markets, and society. His research investigates this question typically in complex settings saturated with information, technology, and interdependencies – such as simulation rooms, central banks, and financial market. His ongoing research focus on how algorithms and analytics are transforming expert knowledge and work practices in financial services and regulation. Pauli holds Ph.D. in Organization and Management from Aalto University, Finland. Before joining Stanford, Pauli was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Research Center for Work, Technology, and Organization at Emlyon Business School, France.