Dr. Kahdeidra Monét Martin is Assistant Professor of Education at Vassar College. She uses her lived experience, narrative inquiry, interviews, focus groups, and participatory community-based methods to examine linguistic variation, discourses of deviance, and the intersectional experiences of underrepresented groups in education research—namely Black youth in elite, independent schools and Black youth who are members of Africana religious systems. Her research explores strategies for culturally sustaining literacy instruction and interrogates notions of belonging and ethnicity within diasporic Black communities.
Through the lenses of critical race theory, intersectionality, and translanguaging, Dr. Martin examines raciolinguistics and the co-naturalization of language, race, and spirituality in the lives of African descendant people globally. She 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.” It received the 2022 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Qualitative Research SIG of the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Martin holds an M.S.Ed. in Teaching Urban Adolescents with Disabilities, from Long Island University, and a B.A. in African & African American Studies with a minor in Linguistics from Stanford University.
With Dr. Melissa Schieble and Dr. Amy Vetter, Dr. Martin has co-authored 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. In recognition of her commitment to pedagogical excellence, she was one of three graduate student recipients of the 2020 Teaching Award.
Dr. Martin’s scholarship has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships, including a Fellowship by the Community Project to Prevent Discrimination and Violence Against Black and African Religions, Princeton University Crossroads Project Community Stories Fellowship, CUNY Mellon Humanities Alliance Teaching Fellowship, the Edwidge Danticat Society Graduate Research Award, and a two year Scholar in Residence at The Chapin School, her alma mater.