About the Speaker
About the Speaker
Fourteenth Annual AERA Brown Lecture in Education Research

Dr. Alfredo J. Artiles is the Ryan C. Harris Professor of Special Education and Dean of the Graduate College at Arizona State University (ASU). He also directs the Equity Alliance at ASU.

Artiles’ program of interdisciplinary scholarship aims to understand how disability intersections with race, language, gender, and social class both enhance and perpetuate the stratification of educational opportunities. This work grapples with how justice remedies for one group (e.g., special education) can create injustices for other groups (e.g., African Americans, English learners). His approach has implications for definitions of learner competence in pluricultural societies and culturally responsive research practices. Of significance, he has documented the lack of systematic attention to race and culture in special education research. His scholarship urges us to reformulate traditional epistemological and methodological practices in the education field, such as research reports that ignore sample intra-group variability or disregard participants’ cultural tools and practices that could mediate their performance in study tasks. In addition, he has brought systematic attention to the intersection of historical, spatial and cultural influences in the production of racial disparities in special education across school districts, cities, states, and nations. In short, his work offers support for a situated understanding of educational equity in sites of enduring historical struggles. He has produced research findings and theoretical refinements, created personnel preparation programs, contributed to advance equity oriented policies, led national and international technical assistance and research projects, and promoted the creation of inclusive educational systems.

Dr. Artiles has received numerous honors, such as the 2001 Early Career Award from AERA’s Committee on Scholars of Color in Education, the 2012 Palmer O. Johnson Award, and the 2017 Review of Research Award. He was elected in 2008 Vice President of AERA’s Division on the Social Contexts of Education and presented the AERA 2011 Wallace Lecture. In 2011, he was appointed by President Obama to the White House Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Dr. Artiles is an AERA Fellow, a former Spencer Foundation/ National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellow and was a Resident Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Artiles edits the Teachers College Press book series “Disability, Culture, and Equity,” and was co-editor of volume 33 of the Review of Research in Education. He has produced over 130 publications including the 2017 World Yearbook of Education: Assessment inequalities (Routledge); the 2017 NRC report Fostering the Development and Educational Success of Young Language Learners and Dual Language Learners (committee member), and Inclusive education: Examining equity on five continents (Harvard Education Press).