Teacher Education
Nathan  Alexander

Nathan Alexander, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Teacher Education

Dr. Alexander is an assistant professor at the University of San Francisco in the School of Education. His teaching and research focus on the connections between mathematics, social justice, and education using historical, political, and cultural lenses—in addition to the impact of these factors on the identity and efficacy of marginalized youth studying mathematics and science. He joins USF from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a visiting scholar in the Department of Mathematics and the School of Education. With more than eight years teaching experience, Dr. Alexander serves as a consultant for youth- and community-based organizations working to advance, improve, and impact the lives of youth through quality programs, improved access, and scholarship in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) and education more generally. At the School of Education, Dr. Alexander works closely with the USF Upward Bound Program.

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
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice
  • Applied Educational Statistics
Publications

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

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

Alexander, N. N. (2014). Inequality, poverty, and education: A political economy of school exclusion. [Review of the book Teachers College Record, by F. Ashurst & C. Venn.]

Alexander, N. N. (2013). Gender inequality: Mathematics. In J. Ainsworth & J. G. Golson (Eds.), Sociology of Education: An A-to-Z Guide. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. Monograph.

Gholson, M., Bullock, E., Alexander, N. N. (2012). On the brilliance of Black children in mathematics. Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, 5(2), 1–7. Editorial.

Alexander, N. N. (2012). Choosing a college: Mathematical modeling using matrices. In H. Gould, D. Murray, & A. Sanfratello (Eds.), Mathematical Modeling Handbook, Vol. I (p. 34–48). Bedford, MA: The Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications. Teacher Resource.

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. Teacher Resource.