Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

M. Nazemi

M. Nazemi

M. Nazemi

Name: Dr. M. Nazemi
Position: Assistant Professor
Phone: 250.371.5736


Dr. Nazemi is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Thompson Rivers University. She holds a PhD in curriculum and instruction / mathematics education from the University of Washington, where she also completed certification as a mixed-methods researcher.

Her current research employs critical race and anti-racist feminist theories in order to understand neoliberalism and institutional racism in K-16 educational institutions and settings.

Dr. Nazemi started her teaching career as a high school mathematics and french immersion teacher. In addition to consulting and coaching work, she has taught K-12 teacher education and methods courses at McGill University, Antioch University, the University of Washington, and Thompson Rivers University. Since completing her MA at McGill University (in Educational Studies and Gender Studies) in 2011, Dr. Nazemi has been involved with the Middle School Mathematics and the Institutional Setting for Teaching (MIST) research project based out of Vanderbilt University.

Research Interests

Mathematics Education
Second Language Acquisition
Language and Literacy Across Content Areas
Critical Race Theory
Sociocultural Theories of Learning and Identity
Critical, Anti-racist Feminist Studies
Mixed Methods Research
Institutional Ethnography
Curriculum Design and Development


2017: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD); University of Washington (UW)
Curriculum and Instruction, Mathematics Education & Critical Race and Mixed Methods
"Racialized Narratives of Female Students of Color: Learning Mathematics in a Neoliberal Context"

2011: Master of Arts (M.A.); McGill University
Education and Society & Gender and Women's Studies
"Beyond Racism: Mapping Ruling Relations in a Canadian University from the Standpoint of Racialized Female Student Activists"

2006: Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.); University of British Columbia (UBC)
French Immersion, French as a Second Language, & Mathematics

2005: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.); University of British Columbia (UBC)
Mathematics Major & French Language and Literature Minor

2003: Erasmus Student Exchange; Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (EPFL) & Universite de Lausanne (Unil)


Wilson, J., Nazemi, M., & Jackson, K. (under revision, 2018). Investigating mathematics teaching practice in classrooms that support African American students. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education.

Henrick, E., Appelgate, M., & Nazemi, M. (2018). Instructional Materials as Tools for Instructional Improvement. In Cobb, P., Jackson, K., Henrick, E., & Smith, T., Eds. Systems for Instructional Improvement: Creating Coherence from the Classroom to the District Office. Harvard Education Press.

Employment History

+Assistant Professor; Thompson Rivers University
School of Education, Faculty of Education and Social Work
+Research Conference Reviewer; National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
+Education as Change Journal Reviewer
+Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal Reviewer

+Adjunct Professor; School of Education, Antioch University
+Adjunct Professor; College of Education, University of Washington
+Adjunct Professor; Department of Integrated Studies in Education & First Nations and Inuit Education, McGill University (Montreal, QC & Kawawachikamach, QC)
+District Elementary Curriculum Evaluator and Consultant
Kahnawake Education Center
+Graduate Research Assistant; M2C3 Project, University of Washington-Tacoma
+Graduate Research Assistant; MIST Project, Vanderbilt University
+K-12 Instructional Coach & Graduate Teaching Assistant;
Secondary Teacher Education Program, University of Washington
+Curriculum Developer for Entrance Exams; Antioch University
+French Immersion Teacher; School District No. 43 (Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Anmore, and Belcarra, BC)
+Secondary Mathematics & French Teacher; Vancouver School Board
+Secondary Mathematics & French Immersion Teacher; Langley School District

Courses Taught

Bachelor of Education Program; Thompson Rivers University
EDMA 3100: Mathematics I
EDMA 3200: Mathematics II

Masters in Teaching, Secondary Teacher Education Program; University of Washington, Seattle
EDTEP 582: Teaching Mathematics in Secondary School I
EDTEP 583: Teaching Mathematics in Secondary School II
EDTEP 573: Assessment in Secondary Education
EDTEP 575:Working with English Language Learners & Literacy Across the Curriculum (Humanities and STEM section)
EDTEP 575: Working with English Language Learners & Literacy Across the Curriculum (STEM Section Only)

Master of Arts in Teaching Program; Antioch University, Seattle
EDUC 557 Elementary and Middle School (K-8) Mathematics Methods I
EDUC 559 Elementary and Middle School (K-8) Mathematics Methods II

First Nations and Inuit Education & Department of Integrated Studies in Education; McGill University
EDEE 230: Elementary School Mathematics
EDEE 332: Teaching (Elementary School) Mathematics

Langley School District & Vancouver School Board
Calculus AP
Principles of Mathematics 12
Principles of Mathematics 11
Essentials of Mathematics 11
Francais Langue Seconde 11
Principles of Mathematics 10
Essentials of Mathematics 10
Francais Langue Seconde 10
Les Sciences Humaines 10
Advanced Mathematics 9/10
Principles of Mathematics 9
Remedial Mathematics 9
La Litterature Francaise 9
La Grammaire Francaise 9
Principles of Mathematics 8
Remedial Mathematics 8

Professional Affiliations

CMESG (Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group)
AERA (American Educational Research Association)
NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics)
CESA (Critical Ethnic Studies Association)
BCAMT (British Columbia Association of Mathematics Teachers)