Hi. My name is Theodore Chao. I am a critical mathematics educator.

I am currently an assistant professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University. I research the ways mathematics can engage children to fully position themselves as mathematical humans through technology. I also research ways that mathematics oppresses children, teachers, and communities, usually along lines of race, gender, socioeconomic status, and ability. Currently, I am using Digital Storytelling as my main vehicle for children to craft their own mathematical narratives that showcase the rich mathematics that exists within their communities and families. I am always looking for ways to build, use, and hack technology to engage children to better share their mathematical thinking so the adults around them can recognize their mathematical brilliance.

I also do work beyond mathematics education and my role as a professor. Check out the Radical Cram School web series that I helped produce. Or my twitter feed to learn more about me.

Here’s some technical language about some of my academic work:


Dr. Chao has published in journals such as Investigations in Mathematics LearningRace, Ethnicity, and Education, and Teaching Children Mathematics. 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. 


At The Ohio State University, Dr. Chao has taught courses such as Elementary Mathematics MethodsA Critical History of STEM Education, and Mobile App Development in STEM Education


Dr. Chao is currently an associate editor for Theory Into Practice (TIP), an editorial panel member of Mathematics Teacher Educator (MTE), a steering committee member of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA), and an organizer for the Free Minds, Free People (FMFP) conference. 

A Box link to Theodore Chao’s current Curriculum Vitae.