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Trent McLaurin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Education

Areas of Expertise:

Classroom and behavioral management Special education Teaching students with emotional and behavioral disabilities Trauma-informed pedagogy


Ph.D., Education, George Mason University
B.A., Education and Human Development, George Washington University
B.A., Psychology, George Mason University


As a special education practitioner in a variety of K-12 school settings, Trent McLaurin, Ph.D., has worked extensively with students who suffer with emotional and behavioral disabilities. These experiences have shaped his passion for education equality for neurodiverse students as well as teacher/administrator preparation to meet the needs of all students.  

McLaurin’s research area centers around critical studies and special education, with a focus on the intersection of race and disability status, trauma-informed pedagogy, and the impact of systems on outcomes of students with disabilities. He has been able to meld his professional experiences, academic credentials, and hip-hop interests by leading a First-Year Seminar course exploring the connections between trauma and contemporary and old-school hip-hop called Trauma and Resiliency as Told Through Hip-Hop.