Bio


Dr. 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.

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


  • Why Do They Stay? Factors Associated With Special Education Teachers' Persistence REMEDIAL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION Scott, L. A., Taylor, J. P., Bruno, L., Padhye, I., Brendli, K., Wallace, W., Cormier, C. J. 2021
  • 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. 2021; 29 (3): 182-196
  • When Salt Ain’t Enough: A Critical Quantitative Analysis of Special Education and Education Degree Production. [in press] Teacher College Record Cormier, C. J., Houston, D. A., Scott, L. A. 2021
  • Navigating the Double Bind: A Systematic Review of the Experiences of Novice Teachers of Color in K12 Schools [conditionally accepted] Review of Educational Research Bettini, E. A., Cormier, C. J., Ragunathan, M., Shark, K. 2021
  • Black Graduates on the Yard and on the Quad: Trends of Education Degrees at HBCUs and Non-HBCUs [in press] Kappa Delta Pi Record Houston, D. A., Cormier, C. J., Petchauer, E., Scott, L. A. 2021
  • Locked in Glass Classrooms: Black Male Special Education Teachers Socialized As Everything Else But Educators [in press] Teacher Education and Special Education Cormier, C. J., Scott, L. A., Powell, C., Hall, K. 2021
  • Black Teachers’ Affirmations of Learners’ Socioemotional and Mental Health Needs: A Transnational Examination 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 [in press] Harvard Educational Review Cormier, C. J. 2021
  • Unicorns Are Real: A Narrative Synthesis of Black Men’s Career Trajectories in Special Education in the United States Berkeley Review of Education Cormier, C. J. 2021; 10 (2)

    View details for DOI 10.5070/B810247605

  • 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
  • Complementary Review of the Literature on Attrition and Retention Patterns Among Special Education Teachers of Color: What We Know and How We Move Forward [accepted] Multiple Voices: Disability, Race and Language Intersections in Special Education Scott, L. A., Powell, C., Oyefuga , O., Cormier, C. J., Padhye , I. 2021
  • 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