Christine Ashby

Christine Ashby
Professor; Director, Center on Disability and Inclusion
Phone: 315.443.8689
Address: 330 Huntington Hall

Christine Ashby, Ph.D. is Professor of Inclusive Special Education and Disability Studies at Syracuse University. She teaches across all levels of the program from undergraduate to doctoral. She is also the Director of the Center on Disability and Inclusion, a disability-related research center that works to develop and implement initiatives promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of school and society—both locally and globally.

Professor Ashby's teaching and research focus on inclusive education broadly, with specific emphasis on supports for students with labels of autism and other developmental disabilities, communicative diversity, disability studies, and clinically rich teacher preparation. Her work seeks to disrupt dominant notions of disability as deficiency and underscores the importance of considering the lived experiences of individuals with disabilities and creating contexts for competence in inclusive schools and communities.

Ashby’s work has been published in journals including the Equity and Excellence in Education, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Disability and Society, Teacher Education and Special Education, and Intellectual and Developmental Disability. Her co-edited book, Enacting Change from Within: Disability Studies Meets Teaching and Teacher Education explores how disability studies can inform the practical work of teachers. She is also the co-editor of Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning. Current collaborative projects with the Syracuse City School District focus on issues of equity related to special education service provision and access to fine arts, athletics and accelerated classes for students across a variety of demographic factors.


  • Ph.D. Special Education - Syracuse University (2008)
  • C.A.S. Disability Studies - Syracuse University (2007)
  • M.S. Special Education - Syracuse University (2001)
  • B.S. Special and Elementary Education - SUNY Geneseo (1995)

Research & Scholarship

Research Focus:

Inclusive education and teacher preparation, Autism and communication, and Disability Studies




  • Excellence in Graduate Education Teaching Recognition Award, 2015
  • Teaching Recognition Award sponsored by the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professors, 2013
  • Joan N. Burstyn Endowed Fund for Research in Education Award for Collaborative Research Syracuse University, School of Education, 2013 & 2014
  • Teacher Education & Special Education Outstanding Article, 2011
  • 2009 Dissertation Award for the Disability Studies in Education Special Interest Group of the American Education Research Association

Courses Taught

  • EDU/ DSP 203 - Introduction to Inclusive Schooling
  • SPE 434 - Collaborative Teaching for Inclusive Education 
  • SPE/ DSP 644 - Significant Disabilities: Shifts in Paradigms and Practices 
  • SPE 724: Professional Practices in Inclusive Special Education
  • SPE/ DSP 700 - Narrating Competence: An Exploration of the Discourse of Autism 
  • EDU 465/665- Literacy, Inclusion and Diversity in Italy