Subini Annamma

Assistant Professor
Special Education
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm 537


Subini Ancy Annamma, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. Her research and pedagogy focus on increasing access to equitable education for historically marginalized students and communities, particularly students with disabilities. Specifically, she critically examines the social construction of race and ability; how the two are interdependent, how they intersect with other identity markers, and how their mutually constitutive nature impacts education experiences. She centers this research in urban education and juvenile incarceration settings and focuses on how student voice can contribute to dismantling systemic inequities and identifying exemplary educational practices.

Dr. Annamma is the first author on Dis/ability Critical Race Studies (DisCrit): 
Theorizing at the intersections of race and dis/ability, which was published in Race, Ethnicity and Education in 2013 and is included in the 2nd edition of Foundations of Critical Race Theory in Education. Since then she has published multiple articles, book chapters, and is currently a co-editor of two books. She served as an Associate Editor of International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education and is currently on the editorial board of Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners. Dr. Annamma is a past winner of the American Education Research Association (AERA) Dissertation Minority Fellowship in Education Research Award and is currently Co-Program Chair for the 2016 annual conference of the Critical Race Studies Association in Education. She has served as an invited speaker on topics ranging from the School-to-Prison Pipeline and Mass Criminalization, Restorative and Transformative Justice, Disability Critical Race Theory, and Critical Perspectives in Special Education Policy and Practice.


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