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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-Elect of the Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (DDEL) of the Council for Exceptional Children and also serves as Chair for the Research and Professional Issues Committee.

    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.

    •Overrepresentatin of English language learners in special education and disciplinary referrals at a school district in the Silicon Valley.

  • Kahdeidra Martin

    Kahdeidra Martin

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Education

    BioDr. Kahdeidra Monét Martin, BA '06, received her Ph.D. in Urban Education at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York in June 2021. Her dissertation is entitled, "Counterstories of Black High School Students and Graduates of NYC Independent Schools: A Narrative Case Study." To support her research, Dr. Martin was awarded a Doctoral Student Research grant from the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education, a travel award from Division K of the American Education Research Association, and a Dean K. Harrison Dissertation Fellowship. Her research foci primarily orbit around adolescent literacy, the spectrum of urban education, social justice pedagogies, sociolinguistics, critical race theory, and qualitative inquiry. In recognition of her commitment to pedagogical excellence, she was one of three graduate student recipients of the 2020 Teaching Award from The Graduate Center.

    Dr. Martin previously earned a Certificate in Interactive Technology & Pedagogy from the Graduate Center, and she holds a Master of Science in Education degree, Teaching Urban Adolescents with Disabilities, from Long Island University and a Bachelor’s degree in African & African American Studies with a minor in Linguistics from Stanford University. Dr. Martin is experienced in facilitating professional learning sessions in culturally relevant teaching, Black feminist pedagogy, multimodal & game-based learning, and critical conversations on power and privilege. In 2020, she co-authored a book on the latter topic, Classroom Talk for Social Change: Critical Conversations in English Language Arts (Teachers College Press, 2020), which received a 2021 Divergent Book Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies Research.

    Currently, Dr. Martin serves as a Postdoctoral Scholar of Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, under the mentorship of Dr. Anne Harper Charity Hudley. In addition, she serves as an inaugural Scholar in Residence at The Chapin School, her alma mater.

  • 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.