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Phi Nguyen, PhD

2023 B2F Scholar


Pronouns: She/Her


Phi Nguyen is a Bridge to Faculty scholar in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (MSCS), and the Learning Sciences Research Institute (LSRI). Her research interests lie at the intersection of mathematics (teacher) education and education policy and leadership, focusing on the policy and organizational contexts in which individuals (learn to) teach mathematics. Currently, her research examines how assumptions about school mathematics shape and constrain district policymaking for mathematics education. A second strand of her scholarship involves researching and designing for coherence in mathematics teacher education programs. At disciplinary intersections, Phi employs multiple methods in her research, including qualitative approaches, discourse analysis, social network analysis, and graphic elicitation.

Phi completed her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics at the University of California San Diego, and her PhD in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum, with an emphasis in Mathematics Education, at the University of Missouri. In addition to research, at UIC, Phi teaches doctoral courses in the learning sciences, as well as mathematics courses for students preparing to be mathematics teachers.