(Re)Defining Urban Mathematics Education


Dr. Erika C. Bullock is Assistant Professor of mathematics education and curriculum studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After teaching mathematics at the high school and two-year college levels in the Atlanta area, she earned the Doctor of Philosophy in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Mathematics Education from Georgia State University in 2013. She also holds graduate certificates in geographic information systems, qualitative research, women’s studies.

Her research agenda consists of two key segments: conceptualizing urban mathematics education and historicizing issues in mathematics education. She describes herself as a critical urban mathematics education scholar because her research interests lie at the intersections of mathematics education and urban education. In this space, she continually questions: What is urban?  What is urban mathematics education? and What are the politics of mathematics education? In large part, her work is a response to Professor Bill Tate’s admonition in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Urban Mathematics Education: “The challenge is to build theories and models that realistically reflect how geography and opportunity in mathematics education interact. If this challenge is addressed, the field will be one step closer to making scholarship in urban mathematics education visible.”

Dr. Bullock is a 2017 National Academy of Education/ Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellows. She won the 2017 Taylor & Francis Best Paper Award for her paper “Only STEM Can Save Us? Examining Race, Place, and STEM Education as Property” published in Educational Studies. She has also published work in Educational Studies in MathematicsThe Mathematics Enthusiast, The Journal of Mathematics Education as Teachers College, The Journal of Education, and Teachers College Record.