Theodore Chao

Assistant Professor, Math Education

Dr. Theodore Chao is an assistant professor of mathematics education in Teaching and Learning's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program. He finished a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He earned his PhD in Mathematics education at The University of Texas. He holds a master’s degree in education from St. John’s University, a bachelor of science degree in computer science engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor of arts degree in film and media studies from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Chao taught 7th and 8th grade mathematics at I.S. 318 in Brooklyn, NY. As a classroom teacher, he participated in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund exchange program and the NSF-funded Research Experience for Teachers program.

Dr. Chao’s research focuses on the use of photographs and video to open up spaces for mathematical discussion, storytelling and reflection. All of his work revolves around critical pedagogy and equity through mathematics. He has helped organize the Free Minds, Free People conference and volunteered with the Creating Balance in an Unjust World Mathematics Education and Social Justice conference.

Areas of Expertise
  • Elementary mathematics
  • Teacher mathematics
  • Teacher social justice and equity-based mathematics
  • Technology for teacher education
  • Photovoice and photo-elicitation interviews
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Harvard University, 2014
  • PhD Mathematics Education, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012
  • MS Education, St. John’s University, 2004
  • BS Computer Science Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2000
  • BA Film & Media Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2000