Sandra M. Lawrence

  • Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education
Sandra M. Lawrence

Sandra Lawrence teaches courses in antiracist multicultural education, whiteness and the construction of identity, methods of curriculum design and instruction, and qualitative research methods in personality psychology. Her research interests include: white racial identity development, antiracist professional development of teachers, and social justice education.

Lawrence's writing has been published in Teaching and Teacher Education, the Journal of Teacher Education, Teaching of Psychology,and the Teacher Educator, among other scholarly journals. She has also coauthored an article with former dean of the College at Mount Holyoke and now president of Spelman College Beverly Daniel Tatum for Teachers College Record and chapters in two anthologies, Beyond Heroes and Holidays (NECA, 1998) and Off/White: Readings on Race, Power, and Society (Routledge, 1996).

Courses Taught

  • Race, Class, Culture and Gender in the Classroom
  • Student Teaching in Middle and Secondary Schools
  • The Process of Teaching Learning in Secondary and Middle Schools
  • Lab in Personality Psychology:  Qualitative Methods
  • Whiteness, Racism and Inequality in Schools and Society
  • Whiteness: The Other Side of Racism.
  • Researching Race and Racism in Education

Areas of Expertise

Examining the role of whiteness and inequality in schools and society


  • Ed.D., Harvard University
  • M.A.T, B.A., Salem State College

Recent Publications

Lawrence, S. M. (2020). Collaborating, animating, improvising: Young children in mixed-gender dyads participating in digital pretend play with a story-making app. Journal of Early Childhood Education Research, 9(1), 52-75.

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