Beth A. Ferri, Ph.D. is a Professor of Inclusive Education and Disability Studies at Syracuse University, where she also coordinates the Doctoral program in Special Education and is an Associate Faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
Professor Ferri teaches courses in adapting instruction for diverse learners, critical issues in inclusive education, and doctoral seminars in gender, race, sexuality and disability. She also regularly teaches an SU Abroad course in Italy. Professor Ferri has published widely on the intersection of race, gender, and disability, including articles in Teachers College Record, Race Ethnicity and Education, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Remedial & Special Education, Gender & Education, Disability Studies Quarterly, Disability & Society, and the Journal of African American History.
Her first book, published in 2006 (with David J. Connor), Reading Resistance: Discourses of Exclusion in Desegregation and Inclusion Debates, documents how problematic rhetorics of race and dis/ability were used to maintain and justify segregated education in the U.S. after the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision. In 2013 she co-edited Righting Educational Wrongs: Disability Studies Law and Education with Arlene Kanter (Syracuse University Press). Her third book, DisCrit: Disability studies & Critical Race Theory in Education, co-edited with David Connor and Subini Annamma, was published in 2016 (Teachers College Press).
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