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Gregory V. Larnell, PhD

Associate Professor

Curriculum and Instruction

Pronouns: He/Him/His


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3505 ETMSW


1040 W. Harrison St. (M/C 147), Chicago, IL 60607

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Dr. Gregory Larnell's research and teaching interests center on mathematics education and urban education—specifically, mathematics learning and curriculum; urban mathematics education; and race, identity, inequity, and ideology in mathematics education. His scholarship has been published in several journals and edited volumes, including the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Journal of Education, and the Handbook of Urban Education; find and download his work here.

Dr. Larnell develops and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the College of Education across curricular and degree programs (including in the general education program): Introduction to Urban Education; STEM, Education, and Society; Teaching and Learning Elementary Mathematics in the Urban Classroom; Research on the Learning of Mathematics; Research on the Mathematics Teachers and Teaching; and Curriculum and Teaching. He also serves in multiple service capacities locally, institutionally, nationally, and internationally, including faculty mentoring programs; ad-hoc reviewing for the National Science Foundation, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, American Educational Research Journal, The Urban Review (among others); and an invited member of the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics Research Committee and the American Educational Research Journal editorial board.

Selected Publications

Barajas-López, F. & Larnell, G.V. (2019). Unpacking the link between equitable teaching practices and Standards for Mathematical Practice: Equity for whom and under what conditions? Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 50(4), 349-361.

Larnell, G.V. (2019). To view mathematics through a lens darkly: A critical race analysis of mathematical proficiency. In C. C. Jett & J. Davis (Eds.), Critical Race Theory in Mathematics Education (pp). New York, NY: Routledge.

Larnell, G. V. & Bullock, E. C. (2018). A socio-spatial framework for urban mathematics education: Considering equity, social justice, and the spatial turn. In T. Bartell (Ed.), Toward equity and social justice in mathematics education(pp. 43-57). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

Larnell, G.V., Blackmond Larnell, T.T., & Bragelman, J. (2017). Toward reframing the open door: Policy, pedagogy, and developmental education in the urban community college. In M. Pagano (Ed.), Jobs and the Labor Force of Tomorrow: Migration, Training, and Education.Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Larnell, G.V.(2017). On the entanglement of mathematics remediation, gatekeeping, and the cooling-out phenomenon in education. In A. Chronaki (Ed.), Mathematics education and life in times of crisis: Proceedings of the 9thInternational Mathematics Education and Society Conference (pp. 654-664). Volos/Agria, Greece.

Larnell, G.V. (2016). More than just skill: Examining mathematics identities, racialized narratives, and remediation among Black undergraduates. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 47(3), 233-269.

Larnell, G.V., Bullock, E.C., Jett, C.C. (2016). Rethinking teaching and learning mathematics for social justice from a critical-race perspective. Journal of Education, 196(1), 19-29.

Larnell, G.V., Boston, D., & Bragelman, J. (2014). The stuff of stereotypes: Toward unpacking identity threats amid African American students’ learning experiences. Journal of Education, 194(1), 49-57.

Martin, D.B. & Larnell, G.V. (2013). Urban mathematics education. In H.R. Milner & K. Lomotey (Eds.), Handbook of urban education(pp. 373-393). New York: Routledge.

Larnell, G.V. (2013). On ‘New Waves’ in mathematics education: Identity, power, and the mathematics learning experiences of all children. New Waves – Educational Research and Development, 16(1). 146-156.

Professional Leadership

Invited Member, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Research Committee

Invited Member, American Educational Research Journal Editorial Board

Invited Member, The HistoryMakers Advisory Board, Chicago, IL

Notable Honors

2017, Early Career Publication Award, Special Interest Group on Research in Mathematics Education of the American Educational Research Association

2013, Faculty Scholar, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago

2012, Project STaR Fellowship (Service, Teaching, and Research for Early Career Mathematics Education), National Science Foundation


PhD, Michigan State University, Mathematics Education
BA, Lake Forest College (IL), Mathematics (with minor concentration, African American Studies)