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David J. Connor

Professor of Special Education/Learning Disabilities
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Dr. Connor has worked in the field of education for twenty-nine 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. In the Doctoral Program, he teaches Introduction to Doctoral Studies.


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 eighty publications in the form of peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, in addition to seven books.




Ferri, B. A., & Connor, D. J. (2006). Reading resistance: Discourses of exclusion in desegregation and inclusion debates. New York: Peter Lang.

Connor, D. J. (2008). Urban narratives: Portraits-in-progress--life at the intersections of learning disability, race, and social class. New York: Peter Lang.

Valle, J., & Connor, D. J. (2010). Rethinking disability: A disability studies guide to inclusive practices. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Gabel, S., & Connor, D. J. (2014) Teaching and disability. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Connor, D. J., Valle, J. W., & Hale, C. (Eds.) (2015). Practicing disability studies in education, acting toward social change. New York: Peter Lang.

Connor, D. J., Ferri, B. A., & Annamma, S. (Eds.) (2016). DisCrit: Critical conversations across race, class, & dis/ability. New York: Teachers College Press.

Berman, D. & Connor, D. J. (2017). A child, a family, a school, a community: A tale of inclusive education. New York; Peter Lang.

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