Cynthia Pollard is Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Annenberg Institute at Brown University. She is interested in the role that teachers and teaching play in reinforcing or challenging race- and class-based inequality in K – 12 classrooms. Her current research examines how teacher and student race—and the interaction between the two—affect instructional decision-making and student learning. Cynthia holds a Ph.D. in Education from Harvard University, an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She previously taught elementary school in Los Angeles.