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Theodore Chao

Theodore Chao

Theodore Chao

Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning


‭(614) 688-1671‬

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Areas of Expertise

  • Mathematics Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Equity


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, 2014
  • Ph.D., Mathematics Education, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012
  • M.S., Education, St. John’s University, 2004
  • B.S., Computer Science Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2000
  • B.A., Film & Media Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2000

Theodore Chao is an associate professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University. His research involves engaging all students and teachers regardless of social identity (race, gender, socioeconomic status, etc.) to fully see themselves as mathematical humans. He uses Digital Storytelling and Photovoice as vehicles for mathematics teachers and students of color to create narratives that connect their mathematics identities with their community and family identities. Dr. Chao is currently Principal Investigator of a NSF CAREER research project exploring the ways children in urban emergent communities use Digital Mathematics Storytelling to share rich mathematical knowledge from their communities and families.

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