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Dr. Nicole M. Joseph

"Mathematics is one of the most powerful tools in life; look around you and within yourself to discover and mine all the ways you engage in mathematical thinking."

Dr. Nicole M. Joseph

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Sleepover (April 2023)

Current role

Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University and Author


Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Seattle University where she majored in Economics and minored in Mathematics Master’s Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College Northwest PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Washington


Dr. Joseph loves pampering herself by getting her nails done and getting pedicures. She also enjoys research projects that bring black girls together and allows them to have fun while also learning about Math
In our April – Sleepover box, Dr. Nicole M. Joseph shares her compelling math story and how at a young age attending a predominantly white school, she was looked over, and not even allowed to answer questions she knew the answer to. She shares how her mother was watching the whole time and became an advocate for her at a young age, which inspired her to advocate for kids just like her in her career. She discusses her PhD research and why she choose to focus on specifically on black girls.

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“I made this commitment to every Black girl who has never had the opportunity to see [herself in] math, and to advocate for every Black girl who felt like she didn't belong.”

Dr. Nicole M. Joseph