Nicole Louie

Assistant Professor

256a Teacher Education Building

225 N. Mills Street

Madison, WI 53706

Louie, Nicole

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Nicole Louie’s research is centrally concerned with issues of inclusion, exclusion, and belonging in schools. She is especially interested in how people’s experiences of these phenomena are shaped by systemic racism and intersecting systems of oppression. Her current project seeks to explore participatory design research as a tool for advancing racial justice in middle school mathematics, centering youth of color and their families as co-researchers and co-designers. Her previous (and still ongoing) work has focused on how teachers of mathematics both reproduce and challenge narrow, exclusionary views of mathematical intelligence, as they intersect with racial hierarchies.


  • PhD Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology, University of California, Berkeley, 2015
  • MA Teacher Education, Stanford University, 2005
  • BA Urban Studies, Stanford University, 2004

Select Publications

  • Louie, N., Berland, L., Roeker, L., Nichols, K., Pacheco, M., & Grant, C. (2022). Envisioning Antiracist Learning Communities. Race, Ethnicity, and Education. Toward Radical Belonging DOI.
  • Louie, N., (2019). Agency discourse and the reproduction of hierarchy in mathematics education. Cognition and Instruction Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Skinner, A., Louie, N., & Baldinger, E. M. (2019). Learning to see students’ mathematical strengths. Teaching Children Mathematics, 25(6), 338-345.
  • Louie, N., (2018). Culture and ideology in mathematics teacher noticing. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 97(1), 55-69.
  • Louie, N., (2017). Journal for Research in Mathematics Education. The culture of exclusion in mathematics education and its persistence in equity-oriented teaching, 28(5)

Select Awards and Honors

  • Career Award, National Science Foundation, for project entitled “Advancing Equity in Middle School Mathematics by Engaging Students and Families of Color in Participatory Design Research.”, (2022, 2027)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, 2017
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, American Educational Research Association Division K: Teaching and Teacher Education, 2016
  • Dissertation Fellowship, National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, 2014
  • Race, Diversity, and Educational Policy Fellowship, Haas Diversity Research Center, University of California, Berkeley, 2012