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David Stinson

Associate Professor    

Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics Education, The University of Georgia, 2004
Master of Education in Mathematics Education, Georgia State University, 1999
Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, Georgia State University, 1985


African American/Black students and mathematics teaching and learning
Equity and identity in mathematics teaching and learning
Teaching mathematics for social justice
Contemporary theory and mathematics teaching and learning
Socio-cultural and -political issues of mathematics teaching and learning


David W. Stinson’s research interests, broadly speaking, are twofold: critical postmodern theory and identity. More specifically, he explores how mathematics teachers, educators, and researchers (might) incorporate the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of critical postmodern theory into their education philosophies, pedagogical practices, and/or research methods. Additionally, he examines (and theorizes) how students who are constructed outside the white, Christian, heterosexual male of bourgeois privilege successfully accommodate, reconfigure, or resist (i.e., negotiate) the hegemonic discourses of society generally and schooling specifically, including those found in the mathematics classroom.

Stinson has authored and co-authored research published in the leading education and mathematics education journals such as Review of Educational Research, American Educational Research Journal, Teachers College Record, The Urban Review, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Educational Studies in Mathematics, and Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education. In addition, he has authored and co-authored book chapters for several edited volumes, and was co-editor of Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice: Conversations with Educators, an edited volume published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Stinson currently serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Urban Mathematics Education and as a member of the Editorial Panel of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education.



Stinson, D. W. (2013). “Negotiating the ‘White male math myth’: African American male students and success in school mathematics” [Special issue]. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 44, 69–99.

Stinson, D. W., & Bullock, E. C. (2012). “Critical postmodern theory in mathematics education research: A praxis of uncertainty” [Special issue]. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 80, 41–55.

Stinson, D. W. (2011). “When the ‘burden of acting white’ is not a burden: School success and African American male students.” The Urban Review, 43, 43–65.

Stinson, D. W. (2008). “Negotiating sociocultural discourses: The counter-storytelling of academically (and mathematically) successful African American male students.” American Educational Research Journal, 45, 975–1010.

Stinson, D. W. (2006). “African American male adolescents, schooling (and mathematics): Deficiency, rejection, and achievement.” Review of Educational Research, 76, 477–506.