Bio


Dr. Christopher J. Cormier is a former special education teacher in the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan area. He has taught all grades from first through 12th exclusively in Title 1 schools. His research program is the social and cultural contexts of minoritized learners and teachers in special education. Under this overarching theme he examines two lines of scholarship. The first is the surrounding the professional and socio-emotional lives of minoritized teachers . The second is around culturally informed identification of minoritized students in special education. Dr. Cormier brings a comparative lens across national and international contexts to both of his research lines. He is the current President Elect for the Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL) of the Council for Exceptional Children and also serves as chair for the Research and Professional Issues Committee.

Current research projects include:

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

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

•The role of mentoring among Black male teachers

Professional Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Special Education
  • Master of Theology (MAT), Fuller Theological Seminary, Theology
  • Master of Education (MAEd), Pepperdine Universtiy, Education with emphasis in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science (BS), Fisk University, Special Education

Research Interests


  • Educational Policy
  • Equity in education
  • History of Education
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Psychology
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Sociology
  • Special Education
  • Teachers and Teaching

All Publications


  • A Transnational Examination of Black Teachers’ Affirmations of Learners’ Socioemotional and Mental Health Needs Kappa Delta Pi Record Cormier, C. J., Boveda, M., Aladejebi, F., Gathoni, A. 2021; 57 (1): 30-36
  • Castaways on Gilligan’s Island: Minoritized Special Education Teachers of Color Advocating for Equity TEACHING Exceptional Children Cormier, C. J., Scott, L. A. 2021; 53 (3)

    View details for DOI 10.1177/0040059920974701

  • I Wouldn’t Invite Them To The Cookout: How Black Male Special Education Teachers Feel About Socializing With Their White Colleagues [provisionally accepted] Harvard Educational Review Cormier, C. J. 2021
  • Unicorns Are Real: A Thematic Literature Review of Research on Black Male Special Education Teachers [in press] Berkeley Review of Education Cormier, C. J. 2021
  • Stress, Burnout, and Mental Health Among Teachers of Color The Learning Professional Cormier, C. J., Wong, V., McGrew, J., Ruble, L., Worrell, F. C. 2021; 42 (1): 54-62
  • If We're Not Doing It, Then Who? A Qualitative Study of Black Special Educators' Persistence EXCEPTIONALITY Scott, L. A., Brown, A., Wallace, W., Cormier, C. J., Powell, C. 2020
  • They Do It for the Culture: Analyzing Why Black Men Enter the Field of Special Education Multiple Voices: Disability, Race and Language Intersections in Special Education Cormier, C. J. 2020; 20 (2): 24-37