Traci Kutaka

Research Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2013
  • M.A., University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2011
  • B.A., Pitzer College, 2006

My research centers on early childhood care and education, with a special interest in mathematics teaching and learning. Through collaborative partnerships, I study how to help prospective and in-service teachers of young children cultivate professional knowledge and habits of mind that support ambitious instructional practices.

The other arm of my research focuses on the development of children’s problem-solving strategies across multiple mathematical topic areas. Correspondingly, I am interested in creating ways to make children’s problem-solving strategies visible, as well as amenable to description and measurement.