Tara-Marie Desruisseaux

  • 2018


NSF Graduate Fellowship

Research Concentration

  • 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; the underrepresentation of Black teachers
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Tara-Marie  Desruisseaux

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  • David Quinn

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Tara-Marie Desruisseaux is a doctoral candidate working with David Quinn. Her research interests include topics related to culturally relevant/sustaining math pedagogy, the recruitment, retention and placement of Black teachers, and the attitudes that Black students 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.

Awards and Grants

2020: National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship

2020: Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention