Beth A. Ferri, Ph.D.
School of Education
Dr. Beth A. Ferri is an Associate Professor in the School of Education, Coordinator of the Doctoral program in Special Education, and the Coordinator of Master's program in Adolescent Inclusive Special Education.
She is on the faculty in programs in Teaching and Leadership, Cultural Foundations of Education, and Disability Studies. Dr. Ferri is also a member of the Women’s Studies advisory board at SU and teaches cross-listed courses in Feminist Disability Studies. Before coming to SU she was on the faculty in Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in Special Education and Women’s Studies.
Dr. Ferri has been involved in interdisciplinary Disability Studies scholarship from the beginning of her academic career. Dr. Ferri’s teaching and research interests include disability studies; inclusive education; feminist disability studies, and narrative inquiry. Her syllabi on Women with Disabilities: Representations in Art, Literature and Film have been published in several on-line databases, including the National Leadership Resource Database of AACU and the American Studies Syllabus Library at Georgetown. She was elected to the first Disability Studies Discussion Group of the Modern Language Association and was most recently awarded Outstanding Young Scholar in Disability Studies in Education at the Third Annual Second City Conference on Disability Studies in Education. She recently published Reading Resistance: Discourses of Exclusion in Desegregation and Inclusion Debates
for Peter Lang in 2006. This book is part of a series on Disability Studies in Education.
In addition to teaching graduate courses in Feminist Disability Studies and Race and Disability, Dr. Ferri taught a course for Syracuse’s Division of International Programs, titled "Education in Italy: An Inclusive Approach." The course focused on inclusive education of students with dis/abilities in Italy, a country long recognized as a world leader in inclusive education. The course provided students with exposure to cultural and educational contexts and influences on inclusive education in Italy. Students participated in school and field observations, lectures, and discussions in Rome, Florence, Parma and Venice. Dr. Ferri has been twice awarded to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.