Tara-Marie Desruisseaux
Tara-Marie  Desruisseaux

Tara-Marie Desruisseaux

Cohort: 2018

Rossier Dean's Fellowship

B.A. Psychology, Duke University

Contact info

desruiss@usc.eduPhone: 9176643718Curriculum Vitae



K-12 Education Policy

Research Interest

Student/teacher racial congruence; the role of race in education policy; Black students and mathematical literacy; racial/ethnic opportunity gap; culturally sustaining teaching practices  


Tara-Marie Desruisseaux

Tara-Marie Desruisseaux is a doctoral student working with David Quinn. Her research interests include topics related to the role that teachers of color play on students of color, the recruitment, retention and placement of teachers of color, and the attitudes that students of color have towards mathematics. Prior to becoming a student at the Rossier School of Education, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education. After graduating, she taught 7th and 8th grade math in Brooklyn, NY with Uncommon Schools.


Professional Experience:

Research Associate -  Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, (2018-Present)

Teacher -  Excellence Boys Charter School  (2017-2018)

Honors and Awards:

2020: National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship

2020: Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention


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