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. His core 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 that students make sense of the school, classroom, and teacher contexts, and how these knowings 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 programs 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 (district change and community organizing) focus upon how schools and districts transform their mathematics instruction to 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

Interim Director
Center for Innovation in STEM Education Research, Kennesaw State University, 2021–present

Associate Professor
Mathematics Education, College of Education, Kennesaw State University, 2018–present

Assistant Professor
Mathematics Education, College of Education, Kennesaw State University, 2016–2018

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

Outstanding Reviewer, Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, 2019

Outstanding Reviewer, Special Interest Group for Research in Mathematics Education, American
    Education Research Association , 2019

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

Dissertation Fellowship, The University of Georgia, 2005–2006

University Assistantship, The University of Georgia, 2000–2003