Subini Ancy Annamma, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

Prior to her doctoral studies, Subini Ancy Annamma was a special education teacher in both public schools and youth prisons. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Her research critically examines the ways students are criminalized and resist that criminalization via processes that animate entrenched inequities while recognizing the mutually constitutive nature of racism and ableism, the interlocking with other marginalizing oppressions, and how these intersections impact youth education trajectories in urban schools and youth prisons. Further, she positions students as knowledge generators, exploring how their narratives and ingenuity can inform teacher and special education.

Dr. Annamma’s book, The Pedagogy of Pathologization (Routledge, 2018) focuses on the education trajectories of incarcerated disabled girls of color and has won the 2019 AESA Critic’s Choice Book Award & 2018 NWSA Alison Piepmeier Book Prize. Her current research projects are teaching a sociocritical literacy class in a youth prison for Girls of Color and examining the overrepresentation of Black youth in suspensions and special education in public schools. Dr. Annamma is a past Ford Postdoctoral Fellow, AERA Division G Early Career Awardee, Critical Race Studies in Education Associate Emerging Scholar recipient, Western Social Science Association’s Outstanding Emerging Scholar, and AERA Minority Dissertation Awardee.

Dr. Annamma’s work has been published in scholarly journals such as Educational Researcher, Teachers College Record, Review of Research in Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, Theory Into Practice, Race Ethnicity and Education, Qualitative Inquiry, among others.