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Dr. Kahdeidra Monét Martin received her Ph.D. in Urban Education at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York in June 2021. Her dissertation is entitled, "Counterstories of Black High School Students and Graduates of NYC Independent Schools: A Narrative Case Study." To support her research, Dr. Martin was awarded a Doctoral Student Research grant from the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education, a travel award from Division K of the American Education Research Association, and a Dean K. Harrison Dissertation Fellowship. Her research foci primarily orbit around adolescent literacy, the spectrum of urban education, social justice pedagogies, sociolinguistics, critical race theory, and qualitative inquiry.


Dr. Martin previously earned a Certificate in Interactive Technology & Pedagogy from the Graduate Center, and she holds a Master of Science in Education degree, Teaching Urban Adolescents with Disabilities, from Long Island University and a Bachelor’s degree in African & African American Studies with a minor in Linguistics from Stanford University. Dr. Martin is experienced in facilitating professional learning sessions in culturally relevant teaching, Black feminist pedagogy, multimodal & game-based learning, and critical conversations on power and privilege. In 2020, she co-authored a book on the latter topic, Classroom Talk for Social Change: Critical Conversations in English Language Arts (Teachers College Press, 2020), which received a 2021 Divergent Book Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies Research, by the Initiative for 21st Century Literacies Research.


Since 2019, Dr. Martin has been a Provost’s and Presidential Research Fellow at the Graduate Center, and she has taught composition and literacy courses at Hunter College School of Education and LaGuardia Community College. In recognition of her commitment to pedagogical excellence, she was one of three graduate student recipients of the 2020 Teaching Award from The Graduate Center. Currently, she serves as an inaugural Scholar in Residence at The Chapin School, her alma mater, and conducts school-based research, internal professional development, and public workshop series coordination for the CUNY Initiative on Immigration and Education.

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