Associate Professor of Education
Kasi Allen’s research involves studying efforts to improve secondary mathematics education — from better understanding issues of equity to identifying and implementing best practices in mathematics education. She has a particular interest in the role that algebraic thinking plays in the mathematics education of children as well as adults. She is currently involved in multiple studies aimed at showing how a problem solving stance can help students of all ages experience greater success with this gatekeeper course. Allen is also currently working on developing a theory of “math trauma.” New neurobiological research points to the possibility that for some, doing math activates some of the same trauma responses as simulations of violence. Allen argues this is especially problematic, because all citizens need mathematics – especially algebra – to fully participate in our democracy. She received her bachelor’s degree and a doctorate from Stanford University.