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David J. Connor

Professor of Special Education/Learning Disabilities
212 772-4746
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Dr. Connor has worked in the field of education for twenty-five years as a classroom teacher, tutor, teacher coach, regional professional development specialist, adjunct instructor, and full time professor. In his school teaching career, Dr. Connor taught all content areas to students with learning disabilities in resource room, self-contained, and inclusive classes. He worked for the New York State Special Education Training and Resource Center (SETRC) network, based in Manhattan, and was responsible for district-wide professional development in all areas of special and inclusive education.
Professor Connor received a B.A. with Honors in Literature and Film from the University of East Anglia in England; a M.S. in Special Education (Learning Disabilities) at Hunter College; a M.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from City College, New York; and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching (Learning Disabilities) from Teachers College, Columbia University.



In the Learning Disabilities program, Dr. Connor variously teaches: Inclusive Education; Methods of Reading; Methods of Writing, Mathematics, & Organization; and Practicum. He is also a faculty member at large of the Urban Education doctoral program at CUNY’s Graduate Center.



Dr. Connor’s research interests include social, cultural, and historical understandings of disability, learning disabilities, inclusive education, and kindergarten through college classroom pedagogy. He has authored/co-authored over fifty publications in the form of peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, in addition to four books: Reading Resistance: Discourses of Exclusion in Desegregation and Inclusion Debates (2006); Urban Narratives: Life at the Intersections of Learning Disability, Race, and Social Class (2008); Rethinking Disability: A Disability Studies Guide to Inclusive Education (2010); and, Disability & Teaching (2014). In addition to contributing to conferences throughout the U.S., Dr. Connor has also presented in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, and Scotland. For more information about publications, see:

Dr. Connor has won several awards including: the 2003 Teachers College President’s Grant for Student Research in Diversity; the 2005 Outstanding Junior Scholar Award in Disability Studies in Education; and the 2006 Emerging Scholar in Disabilities Studies in Education, awarded by the DSE/Special Interest Group of the American Education Research Association; and the 2012 Hunter College President’s Award for Applied Scholarship.

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