Teacher Education
Nathan  Alexander

Nathan Alexander, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Teacher Education

Nathan Alexander is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. He is faculty lead at the Critical Education Content and Identity Lab (CECIL), an educational curriculum design and research laboratory for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Dr. Alexander’s teaching and research focus primarily on the relationships between mathematics, social justice and education in American contexts using historical, political and cultural lenses. He joined USF from the University of California at Berkeley where he was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Mathematics and the Graduate School of Education. He has over ten years of teaching experience and works in communities, schools, districts and various organizations. He is Faculty Liaison to the USF Upward Bound Program.


Ph.D., Mathematics and Education, Columbia University, New York
M.S., Mathematics and Education, Columbia University, New York
M.A., Education, New York University, New York
B.A., Mathematics and Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Research Areas

Mathematics and science education
Historical, political, and cultural influences on American education
Student persistence in advanced mathematics and science
Mathematical and statistical modeling

Courses Offered
  • Applied Educational Statistics
  • Curriculum & Instruction I: Mathematics (Single Subject)
  • Curriculum & Instruction II: Mathematics (Single Subject)
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice

Alexander, N. N. (2015, in press). Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems. In J. Mattingly & J. Gholson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Theory.

Alexander, N. N. (2014). Real Analysis. In EBSCO Research Starters: Book 2. Ipswich, MA.

Leong, K. E., & Alexander, N. N. (2014). College Students’ Attitude and Mathematics Achievement using Web-based Homework. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education, 10(6), 609–615.

Alexander, N. N. (2014). Inequality, Poverty, and Education: A Political Economy of School Exclusion [Review of the book by Ashurst, F., & Venn, C.]. Teachers College Record.

Alexander, N. N. (2013). Gender inequality: Mathematics. In J. Ainsworth & J. Gholson (Eds.), Sociology of Education: An A-to-Z Guide (p. 308–309). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Gholson, M. L., Bullock, E. C., Alexander, N. N. (2012). On the Brilliance of Black Children in Mathematics: A Response to a Clarion Call. Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, 5(2), 1–7.

Selected Presentations

Adiredja, A., Alexander, N. N., Larson, C. (2015, February). Conceptualizing Equity in Undergraduate Mathematics Education: Lessons from K-12 Research. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education Conference, Pittsburg, PA.

Alexander, N. N. (2013, May). Insulating The Pipeline: Understanding the Early Implications of Mathematics Course Taking on College Access, STEM Involvement and Future Earnings. Paper presented at the Eastern Economic Association, New York, NY.

Alexander, N. N. (2013, April). Leveraging Urban Elementary School Students’ Academic Communities in Mathematics. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Alexander, N. N., Walker, E. N. (2012, April). Urban Elementary School Students’ Academic Communities in Mathematics. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Alexander, N. N. (2011, October). What Happens At Home? Understanding the Family’s Role in Elementary School Students’ Mathematical Understanding. Paper presented at the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Meeting, Greensboro, NC.

Walker, E. N., Alexander, N. N. (2011, April). “After-School” vs. “Regular School” Math: Urban Male Students’ Peer Networks and their Effects on Mathematics Outcomes. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Teacher Resources

Alexander, N. N. (2013). Choosing a College: Mathematical Modeling using Matrices. H. Gould, D. Murray, & A. Sanfratello (Eds.), Mathematical Modeling Handbook, Volume 1 (p. 34–48). Bedford, MA: The Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP).

Alexander, N. N., Hunter, I., Russ, A. (Eds.) (2009). Silk Road Connect: Passion Driven Learning, a guide for teachers. Providence, RI: The Silk Road Project.


Alexander, N. N. (2014, August). From STEM to STEAM: Diversity and the integration of the Arts into STEM. Retrieved from: http://thepostoncollective.com/2014/08/25/from-stem-to-steam-diversity-and-the-integration-of-the-arts-into-stem/

Alexander, N. N. (2014, May). On Education Reform and other stuff like that. Retrieved from: http://thepostoncollective.com/2014/05/19/on-education-reform-and-other-stuff-like-that/

Alexander, N. N. (2014, April). Designing our future: Reframing and engaging youth in the “E” in STEM. Retrieved from: http://thepostoncollective.com/2014/04/21/designing-our-future-reframing-and-engaging-youth-in-the-e-in-stem/.

Alexander, N. N. (2014, March). “We can do it”: Getting to the root of the gender diversity issues in STEM. Retrieved from: http://thepostoncollective.com/2014/03/17/we-can-do-it-getting-to-the-root-of-the-gender-diversity-issue-in-stem/.

Alexander, N. N. (2014, February). When society tells youth that math is difficult, STEM diversity suffers. Retrieved from: http://thepostoncollective.com/2014/02/24/when-society-tells-youth-that-math-is-difficult-stem-diversity-suffers-2/.