Beth Ferri

Beth Ferri
Associate Dean for Research; Professor
Phone: (315) 443-5183
Address: 156 Huntington Hall
Academic Program Area Focus: Disability Studies, Inclusive Special Education

Beth A. Ferri, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean for Research and Professor in the School of Education at Syracuse University. 

Professor Ferri has published widely on the intersection of race, gender, and disability, including articles in Teachers College Record, Race Ethnicity and Education, Educational Studies, Review of Research in Education, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Remedial & Special Education, Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners, Feminist Formations, History of Education Quarterly, and the Journal of African American History.

She has also published six co-authored books, including Enacting Disability Critical Race Theory: From the Personal to the Global (with Connor, 2023, Routledge); DisCrit Expanded: Inquiries, Reverberations, & Ruptures (with Annamma & Connor, 2022, Teachers College Press); How Teaching Shapes our Thinking about Dis/Abilities: Stories from the Field (with Connor, 2021, Peter Lang); DisCrit: Disability Studies & Critical Race Theory in Education (with Connor & Annamma, 2016, Teachers College Press); Righting Educational Wrongs: Disability Studies in Law & Education (with Kanter, 2013, Syracuse University Press); and Reading Resistance: Discourses of Exclusion in Desegregation and Inclusion Debates (with Connor, 2006, Peter Lang).



Ph.D. University of Georgia 1997

Research & Scholarship

Research Focus:

Dr. Ferri's work in Disability Studies in Education focuses on the intersection of race, gender, and disability.


Invited Scholar, National Park Service U.S. Disability History Community & Scholar’s Roundtables (2021)

Invited Scholar, Stanford Symposium on Learning Differences & the Future of Special Education. (March, 2018)

Invited Research Scholar in Residence, Bergamo University, Bergamo, Italy (Spring 2016)

Courses Taught

Professor Ferri teaches courses focusing on critical issues in inclusive education, adapting instruction for diverse learners, and professional practices in inclusive education, as well as doctoral seminars in gender, race, sexuality and disability. She has taught an SU Abroad course in Italy since coming to SU in 2002.