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 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), titled 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. Her most recent book, Righting Educational Wrongs: Disability Studies Law and Education was published in 2013 (Syracuse University Press). She is currently working on a third book, titled DisCrit: Critical Conversations Across Race, Class, & Dis/ability with Teachers College Press.
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.