AnnMarie D. Baines is an assistant professor in the Department of Secondary Education at San Francisco State University. She is broadly interested in the social construction of disability, academic identity development, and perceptions and beliefs about intelligence, inclusion, and learning across settings. Her work follows youth in school and after-school contexts to study how everyday interactions and institutional histories shape student learning, academic identity, and adolescent development. As a consultant, she focuses on approaches to universally design learning environments to promote access and support for all learners. At San Francisco State, she teaches courses in Adolescent Development and Inclusive Education, in addition to supervising preservice secondary teachers. Current projects include universally designing middle schools, improving school connectedness for high school youth, writing on the culture of poverty, and working with the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
As an ethnographer, her past research focused on high school classrooms, debate teams, music groups, and informal science settings. During her time as a graduate researcher for the Learning in Informal and Formal Environments (LIFE) Center, she completed studies of inclusion in high school debate, a Gates Foundation curriculum project incorporating Universal Design for Learning, and a National Science Foundation–funded, cross-setting ethnography of high school students with social and learning disabilities. In addition to her academic work, Baines has been a debate coach for 12 years, taught high school special education in the Boston Public Schools, and received her teaching credential through the Boston Teacher Residency Program. Baines has a master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education and majored in political science at University of California, Berkeley. She received her PhD in Educational Psychology and the Learning Sciences from the University of Washington, where she was awarded a Presidential Fellowship from the Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program. More details on her work can be found at www.adbaines.com