Thompson Rivers University

M. Nazemi

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


Presently an Assistant Professor at Thompson Rivers University, as well as co-chair of TRUFA's Women and Gender Equity Committee (along with Dr. Natalie Clark) and chair of FPSE's Gender Equity Committee. Dr. Nazemi's current research employs critical race, decolonial and anti-racist feminist theories in order to uncover and address neoliberalism and institutional racism in educational institutions and settings. Additionally, through centering counter-narratives and lived-experiences, her research aims to expose and respond to oppression and marginalization occurring at the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality.

She started her teaching career as a high school mathematics, french immersion, and sexual health educator. In addition to consulting and coaching work, she has taught various graduate courses, as well as K-12 teacher education and methods courses, at McGill University, Antioch University, the University of Washington, and Thompson Rivers University.

Dr. Nazemi holds a PhD in curriculum and instruction / mathematics education from the University of Washington, where she also completed certification as a mixed-methods researcher. She holds an MA from McGill University (in Gender Studies and Education) and was involved with the Middle School Mathematics and the Institutional Setting for Teaching (MIST) research project based out of Vanderbilt University.

Research Interests

Equitable & Decolonial Teacher Education
Mathematics Education
Second Language Acquisition and Education
Sexual Health Education & SOGI Curriculum
Language and Literacy Across Content Areas
Critical Race Theory
Sociocultural Theories of Learning and Identity
Indigenous and Anti-racist Pedagogies
Critical, Anti-racist Feminist Studies
Mixed Methods Research & Institutional Ethnography
Curriculum Design, Development, and Teaching/Pedagogies for Social Justice/Equity


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"
Note: Should have used term "Girls" instead of "Female"

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"
Note: Should have used the term "Women" instead of "Female"

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)


Nazemi, M. (submitted). Issues of Institutional Racism at a Canadian University, revisited at a time Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives.

Keliipio, K, Clarke, W., Sivia, A., & Nazemi, M. (in review). Collaborative Self-Study by Teacher Educators of Colour: Resistance Narratives in Times of Truth and Reconciliation.

Nazemi M. (2020) Persisting Racialized Discourses Pose New Equity Demands for Teacher Education. In: Radakovic N., Jao L. (eds) Borders in Mathematics Pre-Service Teacher Education. Springer, Cham.

Wilson, J., Nazemi, M., Jackson, K., & Wilhelm, A. G. (2019). Investigating Teaching in Conceptually Oriented Mathematics Classrooms Characterized by African American Student Success. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 50(4), 362-400.

Nazemi, M. (2019). Proceedings of the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group. Des discours racialis??s persistants postent une nouvelle demande d'??quit?? pour la formation des enseignants. (Also available in English), 157-176.

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
School of Education, Faculty of Education and Social Work; Thompson Rivers University
Women and Gender Equity Committee, Thompson Rivers University Faculty Association (TRUFA)
Gender Equity Committee, Federation of Post Secondary Educators (FPSE)

+Research Conference Reviewer; American Association of Educational Research (AERA)
+Research Conference Reviewer; National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
+Education as Change Journal Reviewer
+Coordinator of Bachelor of Education (Elementary) Program
School of Education, Faculty of Education and Social Work; Thompson Rivers University
+Reviewer for Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal
+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

Master of Education Program (M.Ed.); Thompson Rivers University
+EDUC 5090: Research Colloquium
+EDUC 5030: Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning
+EDUC 5040: Diversity: Constructing Social Realities

Bachelor of Education Program (STEM); Thompson Rivers University
+EDTE 3150: Diversity and Inclusive Education
+EDLL 3160: Language and Literacy Across Content Areas
+EDSM 4200: Mathematics Methods for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Specialty

Bachelor of Education Program (ELEM); Thompson Rivers University
+EDCO 3100: Education Communications
+EDPR 3200: Practicum II
+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

BC, K-12 Teaching Experience (various locations)
+Francais Langue Seconde (FSL) 11
+Francais Langue Seconde 10
+Les Sciences Humaines 10
+La Litterature Francaise 9
+La Grammaire Francaise 9
+Calculus AP
+Principles of Mathematics 12
+Mathematics 11 (Principles of, Essentials of)
+Mathematics 10 (Principles of, Essentials of)
+Mathematics 9 (Principles of, Remedial)
+Mathematics 8 (Principles of, Remedial)

Professional Affiliations

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


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