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



Raquel Muñiz, JD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston College

Lynch School of Education and Human Development

Term: 5/1/2020 – 4/30/2021

Raquel Muñiz is an attorney and social science researcher who studies how education law and policy can create more equitable educational opportunities for all students, particularly students who have experienced substantial adversity. As a socio-legal scholar, her research focuses on the examination of the implications of law and policy on the education system and public policy decision-making; and on the use of social science research evidence in the legal system and public policy decision-making process. This research interest has led Muñiz to study laws and policies that contribute to the educational experience of different children, youth, and young adult populations. 


Natasha M Strassfeld, JD, PhD
Assistant Professor
New York University
Term: 5/1/2020 – 4/30/2021

Natasha Strassfeld is an assistant professor of special education at New York University in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Her research examines the lives of parents and families within special education, with a particular focus on how special education laws and policies guide service delivery for families. In addition, her work examines minority disproportionate representation within special education and juvenile justice supports for students with disabilities. Her recent work has explored juvenile justice and transition for system-involved youth with disabilities, minority disproportionate representation and education federalism, and special education mediation and conflict resolution. She received her Ph.D. in Special Education from the Pennsylvania State University and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.


Catherine Robert, EdD
Assistant Professor, Education Leadership & Policy Studies
The University of Texas at Arlington
Term: 5/1/2020 – 4/30/2022

Dr. Catherine Robert is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at The University of Texas at Arlington. She specializes in human resources topics including employee misconduct, employee turnover, and policy implementation, in addition to database construction. Prior to completing doctoral work, Robert served at campus, district, and regional levels, most recently as executive director of human resources in a school district.


Elisabeth M. Krimbill, EdD
Assistant Professor
Texas A&M - San Antonio

Term: 5/1/2020 – 4/30/2022

Dr. Elisabeth Krimbill has dedicated her career to serving others in the field of education and community service. She began her career as a middle school teacher in Northfield, Minnesota. Her family had the opportunity to live in several locations throughout the United States on military installations. They settled in San Antonio and raised their three children in a lovely and supportive community.

Dr. Krimbill was a science and math teacher, Montessori Adolescent Program instructor, assistant principal, and the principal of an elementary school in San Antonio. Additionally, she has worked as a legal researcher for a law firm and was the President and CEO a small business, Organizational Culture Insights. Each of these experiences has significantly informed her work and research.

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, Dr. Krimbill 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.

As a dedicated community volunteer, Dr. Krimbill also works with several non-profit organizations in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. She volunteers with Transplants for Children, The Science Mill, and the Summer of Service as a systems developer and data analyst. These organizations are committed to serving youth and families to improve educational outcomes and enhance their quality of life. In 2015 Dr. Krimbill received the Howard A. Britton Patient Advocacy Award from the Patient Institute for her work, “We Can, A Teacher’s Guide to Medically Fragile Children in the Classroom.”

Dr. Krimbill’s research has been presented at numerous national and international conferences. Most recently, her work on school safety and educator misconduct was shared at conferences in Athens, Greece and Capetown, South Africa. Dr. Krimbill is an active member of several professional organizations including: the American Educational Research Association, the Education Law Association, the Texas Council of Professors of Education Administration, and the World Educational Research Association. She currently serves as the Chair of the Law and Education Special Interest Group for AERA and is on the annual meeting planning committee for the Education Law Association.

“Be the change you wish you see in the world.” This quote from Mahatma Gandhi has served as a guiding vision for Dr. Elisabeth Krimbill in her personal and professional life. She seeks to serve others by using her abilities to be a small part of making the world a better place.

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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