Who We Are
Who We Are
Profile of Law & Education SIG Members
SIG members study laws and administrative policies that impact all aspects of education from pre-K through graduate school and adult education. Our members are from a variety of countries and include faculty, graduate students, and practitioners. Our scholarship represents a variety of disciplinary perspectives and methodologies. While some of our members have law degrees, others do not. What we all share is a passion for the study of law and education and making our work accessible to a wide variety of audiences.
SIG Officers



Dr. Elisabeth M. Krimbill

Assistant Professor
Texas A&M - San Antonio

Dr. Elisabeth Krimbill is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educator and Leadership Preparation at the Texas A&M University San Antonio. She has dedicated her career to serving others in the field of education and community service.  Dr. Krimbill began her career as a middle school teacher in Northfield, Minnesota. After serving as an elementary school principal, in 2017 Dr. Krimbill joined the faculty of Texas A&M University-San Antonio in the Educator Leadership Program.  She specializes in Education Law and Ethics, School Leadership, Teacher Evaluation, and Research.  In addition to her teaching and research, she serves the College of Education and Human Development as the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, Chair of the Curriculum Committee, and a member of the Policy Task Force.


Dr. Steven Nelson

Steven L. Nelson is associate professor of leadership and policy studies in the Department of Leadership. He also serves as program coordinator for the educational leadership and policy studies doctoral program, the Pre K-12 school administration and supervision masters program (principal licensure), as well as the Pre K-12 educational leadership graduate certificate program (alternative principal licensure for individuals who already hold a masters degree). Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Nelson served on the faculty of the University of New Orleans. He has taught and led in charter schools, traditional public schools, and private schools in the New Orleans area. He also served as the first education advocate at the Southern Poverty Law Center's School-to-Prison Pipeline Project in New Orleans where he worked on charter school law and policy, special education access and equity, and juvenile justice issues. Dr. Nelson's research and teaching interests are at the intersection of education law, education policy, and the politics of education. In particular, his research and teaching consider how education reforms laws, policies, and political dynamics. He also researches how education advances, impedes, or regresses efforts at achieving educational equity for Black students in urban settings.


Dr. Natasha Strassfeld

Natasha Strassfeld is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the University of Texas at Austin faculty, she was an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at NYU Steinhardt and Associated Assistant Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She obtained her J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Law and her Ph.D. in Special Education from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Strassfeld's research examines the ways in which parents navigate the special education and accommodations process via legal and policy mechanisms, racial/ethnic disparities in how students are (mis)identified for special education placements and services, and special education and related transition services within the juvenile justice system.


Dwayne Kwaysee Wright, JD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration

The George Washington University


Dwayne Kwaysee Wright, J.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives in. the Graduate School of Education Human Development at the George Washington University (GWU). His research and social activism seek to advance educational opportunity and equity for all students, particularly those historically oppressed and marginalized in American society.

Dr. Wright’s research is located within three broad theoretical frameworks: Critical Race Theory, Sociocultural Theory and Critical Pedagogy. His areas of empirical research interest include access, diversity, and equity policies for underserved populations in higher education; the use and influence of social science research in/on law; undergraduate and professional Multicultural Greek Life; and critical race theory & critical pedagogy in post-secondary education. His legal research interest focuses primarily on education law, First Amendment jurisprudence and American equal protection theory.

Structure & Governance
Structure & Governance

The SIG is governed by the Executive Committee, made up of the Chair, Program Chair, Secretary Treasurer, and Web Master. The SIG bylaws were approved by the membership, reviewed and approved by AERA with minor modifications.

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