CO-DIRECTORS Steven J. Taylor, Ph.D., Co-Director
Centennial Professor of Disability Studies
Professor of Cultural Foundations of Education
Director of the Center on Human Policy
Coordinator of Disability Studies
School of Education
Steven Taylor is Centennial Professor of Disability studies, Professor of Cultural Foundations of Education, Director of the Center on Human Policy, and Coordinator of Disability Studies at Syracuse University. He is also the Co-Director, with Arlene Kanter, of the Syracuse University Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies. Professor Taylor specializes in qualitative research methods, the sociology of disability, Disability Studies, and disability policy.
Professor Taylor is the author or co-author of eight books, including Acts of Conscience: World War II, Mental Institutions, and Religious Objectors; Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
(3rd Edition), The Social Meaning of Mental Retardation
, Life in the Community
, The Variety of Community Experience
, and In Search of the Promised Land: The Collected Papers of Burton Blatt
, and numerous chapters and articles published in JASH
and Research and Practice in Severe Disabilities
, Disability & Society
, the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
, Social Policy
, Exceptional Children
, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior
, the American Psychologist
, Qualitative Sociology
, the Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
, and other journals. His writings have been translated into Swedish, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Professor Taylor previously served as Editor of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD
which is published by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), from 1993 to 2011. He was recipient of AAIDD’s Research Award in 1997. In 1998, he was Visiting Professor at Keio University in Japan. He received Syracuse University Chancellor’s Citation for Exceptional Academic Achievement in 2003, and the Senior Scholar in Disability Studies award in 2008.
As Director of the Center on Human Policy, Professor Taylor has been Principal Investigator on over a dozen major grants and contracts funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the Office of Special Education Programs, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other public and private sources.
Arlene S. Kanter, J.D., LL.M., Co-Director
Bond, Schoeneck & King Distinguished Professor of Law
Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence
Director, Disability Law and Policy Program
College of Law
Professor Kanter publishes and lectures extensively on United States, comparative, and international Disability Law. She is the co-author of the first law casebook on international and comparative disability law and has published numerous articles and book chapters on disability law. In 2010-11, she was named the Distinguished Switzer Fellow by the US Department of Education's National Disability Rehabilitation Research Institute. In 2009-10, she was a Fulbright Scholar. In 2005, she received Syracuse University's most prestigious teaching award, the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Award for Excellence in Teaching. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the School of Education.
Professor Kanter is founder and co-editor of the SSRN Journal on Disability Law
, and co-founder of the Disability Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools. She is a former Commissioner of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law. From 2001-06, Professor Kanter was invited to work with the United Nations on the process that lead to the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and is currently researching the impact of this Convention in various countries, particularly in the Middle East. She has been invited to work with NGOs and governments in such countries as India, Israel, Turkey, Ghana, Jordan, and Vietnam on developing their domestic disability laws.
At Syracuse University College of Law, Professor Kanter founded and directs the Disability Law and Policy Program, which houses the nation’s first joint degree program in Law and Disability Studies and which awards a Certificate in Disability Law and Policy to eligible students. She also co-directs the Syracuse University Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies, which is the nation's first multi-disciplinary center dedicated to research, advocacy, academic programming, and public education on issues of inclusion and equality for people with disabilities. Professor Kanter teaches courses on U.S., comparative, and international disability law and policy, education and special education law, legislation and policy, ethics, and professionalism.
Since joining the law faculty in 1988, Professor Kanter has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of Clinical Legal Education, and Director of the Externship Program. Since 2005, she has been the Chair of the Chancellor’s Task Force on Disability. Prior to joining the SU law faculty, Professor Kanter taught at Georgetown University Law Center and practiced public interest law at a national disability rights organization in Washington, D.C. where she represented clients before the United States Supreme Court and in Congress.