Julia M. White

Julia M. White
Associate Professor
Phone: 315.443.9321
Address: 159 Huntington Hall
Academic Program Area Focus: Childhood Education, Disability Studies, Inclusive Special Education, Selected Studies in Education, Social Studies Education

Julia M. White is an Associate Professor in the School of Education, Syracuse UniversityShe directs the interdisciplinary minor in Atrocity Studies and the Practices of Social Justice and is the co-coordinator of the Spector/Warren Fellowship for Future Educators.

She is the treasurer of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. She has served as co-chair and secretary/treasurer of the Disability Studies in Education SIG of AERA and as secretary/treasurer, program chair, and chair of the Special and Inclusive Education Research SIG of AERA. With Christine Ashby, she is co-editor of Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning.


  • Ph.D., Syracuse University, Special Education
  • C.A.S., Syracuse University, Disability Studies
  • M.A., The George Washington University, Special Education for Adolescents with Serious Emotional Disturbance
  • B.A., The Catholic University of America, English

Research & Scholarship

Research Focus:

Special educational policy at the national and international levels and inclusive education as a human right, particularly related to Romani students in Central and Eastern Europe and students with significant disabilities.

She has published a monograph, Pitfalls and Bias: Entry Testing and the Overrepresentation of Romani Children in Special Education; numerous book chapters; and articles in journals such as Educational Studies, Disability Studies QuarterlyInclusion, and Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities. Her work has been cited in a European Court of Human Rights decision on the misdiagnosis of Romani students, and she has testified in regional courts in the Hungary and the Slovak Republic.


She was awarded a 2021 Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award. She is the recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships to the Slovak Republic, the 2016 Junior Scholar Award of the American Education Research Association Disability Studies in Education Special Interest Group, and is the recipient of an American Educational Research Association Educational Research Conference grant.

Courses Taught

  • EDU 321/622, International Education for Transformation
  • SPE 311, Perspectives in Disabilities
  • SPE 412/612, Adapting Instruction for Diverse Student Needs
  • SPE 434, Collaborative Teaching for Inclusive Education
  • SPE 700, Education Policy and Implications for Inclusive Education
  • SPE 800, Culturally Sustaining Practices in Special/Inclusive Education
  • SPE 860, Professional Seminar in Inclusive Education: What Counts as “Evidence”?