Kari Kokka is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Instruction and Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. She studies Social Justice Mathematics, longevity of STEM teachers of color in urban schools, and STEM teacher activism. At the University of Pittsburgh, she organizes with faculty and students around social justice issues. She is co-founder of the Creating Balance in an Unjust World Conference on STEM Education and Social Justice and she is the co-chair of the AERA SIG Critical Educators for Social Justice.
She was a Math Performance Assessment Development and Research Associate at the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) from 2013-2016. Prior to her doctoral studies, she was a math teacher and math coach for ten years in New York City at Vanguard High School, a Title I public school and member of the New York Performance Standards Consortium. She completed her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, her M.A. with the Stanford Teacher Education Program, and her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. She is a proud product of the K-12 public school system in East Side San Jose, CA.