Dr. Lawler's scholarship focuses on equity issues in mathematics professor headshoteducation, in particular the ways in which power and knowledge intertwine to govern the learner's mathematical identity. More precisely, his research examines the personal epistemologies of adolescent mathematicians: Do high school maths students see themselves as mathematical authors? This interest leads him to seek to understand the ways such students make sense of the school, classroom, and teacher contexts, and how these knowings may interact with their mathematical identities.

During his 25-year career as a mathematics educator, he has supported teachers, schools, and districts to de-track mathematics instruction and transform teaching practices. He is a contributing author to the internationally acclaimed high school mathematics curriculum Interactive Mathematics Program (IMP).

His current research projects focus upon how schools and districts transform their mathematics instruction to teach in ways that foreground student ways of thinking (inventions) against the backdrop of high-stakes education.

"One [can] teach without reinforcing existing systems of domination." (bell hooks, 1994)

Professional Appointments

Assistant Professor
Mathematics Education, College of Education, Kennesaw State University, 2007 - present

Associate Professor
Mathematics Education, School of Education, California State University San Marcos, 2013 - 2016

Assistant Professor
Mathematics Education, School of Education, California State University San Marcos, 2007 - 2013

High School Mathematics Teacher
Clarke Central High School, Athens, GA, 2006-2007
Cedar Shoals High School, Athens, GA, 2004-2005
California Academy of Mathematics and Science, Carson, CA, 1997-2000
Eaglecrest High School, Aurora, CO, 1993-1997


Ph.D., Mathematics Education, University of Georgia, 2008 

M.A., Mathematics, University of Georgia, 2006

M.A., Education, California State University Dominguez Hills, 1999 

B.S., Mathematics, Colorado State University, 1992

Awards and Honors

Invited Delegate, Mathematics Education and Contemporary Theory: Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England; 2011

Dissertation fellowship, The University of Georgia, 2005-2006

University-wide Assistantship, The University of Georgia, 2000-2003