Scholarly Interests: Cultural constructions of disability, inclusive education, positive behavior supports; teacher candidate resistance to dominant constructions of disability
Courses Taught: SPE 103: Social and Legal Foundations of Special Education; SPE 214: Exploring Classroom Communities; SPED 648: Positive Behavior Supports for Extreme Behaviors; freshman seminar titled Ability and DisAbility: Deconstructing and Disrupting the Social and Cultural Gaze.
Achievements: Has conducted several ethnographic studies and authored articles on families’, teachers’, and teacher candidates’ constructions of disability; has had articles published in International Journal of Inclusive Education and Disability and Society; currently working on the manuscript of a book titled South Asia and Disability Studies: Redefining boundaries and extending horizons;
Rao, S. & Kalyanpur, M. (2015). South Asia and Disability Studies: Redefining boundaries and extending horizons. New York: Peter Lang.
Rao, S. & Petroff, J. (2011). He is more like us, looking for a person to date and eventually share his life with: Perspectives of undergraduate students on being a member of a circle of support. Disability and Society, 26(4), 463-475.
Rao, S. (2008). Oos Sensei! Oos Sempai: A karate school and lessons on inclusion.International Journal of Inclusive Education, 12(3), 281-299.
Rao, S. (2006). Parameters of normality and cultural constructions of mental retardation perspectives of Bengali families. Disability and Society, 21(2), 159-178.
Graduate Coordinator, Special Ed, 2005-2014
Degrees: Ph.D., Syracuse University, Special Education