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Lauren Shallish


Scholarly Interests: The experiences of diversity workers (students, staff, presidents, and administrators) in higher education and the interrelated functions of racism and ableism/sanism in K-16 schooling.

Courses Taught: SPE 103: Social and Legal Foundations of Special Education; SPE & CMP 340: Educational Equity and Social Justice in Documentary Film (Counts for Liberal Learning VPA, Gender, Race/Ethnicity); SPED 655: The Social and Cultural Constructions of Behavior; SPED 501: Students with Disabilities in Our Schools; SPED 644: Research Trends

Achievements:  Dr. Shallish was a 2015 Exemplary Diversity Scholar for the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID). While at TCNJ, her work has appeared in Disability Studies Quarterly, Disability & Society, the Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory, Spark: The Online Magazine for the National Center for Institutional Diversity, and The Educational Forum. Invited book chapters include publications in DisCrit Expanded: Inquiries, Reverberations & Ruptures, Disability as Diversity in Higher Education, The Handbook of Research on Study Abroad Programs and Outbound Mobility, On the Highwire: Education Professors Walk Between Work and Parenting, and Critical Readings in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies. In partnership with Trenton Central High School, she received three local and state grant awards for her work on The Troublemaker Project, a student-led collective focused on local issues of educational equity and social justice. Her most recent grant application in April 2021 received inaugural membership into The 1619 Project Education Network.  She previously worked as Chief of Staff at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in the Office of Special Education at DC Public Schools and Nottingham Early College High School in Syracuse City School District, and as a qualitative research assistant for Dr. Susan Sturm at the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia University. Her forthcoming book on disability studies and higher education will be published with Peter Lang Publishers in the Disability Studies in Education Series. 

Recent examples of her public scholarship include:

Interview with Inside Higher Education

Interview with Leading Equity:
Article in Spark Magazine:

Ph.D., Syracuse University, Disability Studies and Cultural Foundations of Education; M.S. and C.A.S., Syracuse University, Disability Studies; B.A. Hobart and William Smith Colleges