Indian American professor receives 2018-2019 Ford Foundation Fellowship

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Subini Annamma, an Indian American assistant professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas, has been selected to receive the 2018-2019 Ford Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship.

As a fellow, Annamma will be hosted by the University of California-Los Angeles under the mentorship of Daniel Solórzano, professor in the Division of Social Sciences and Comparative Education for the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

Annamma’s proposed study will conduct a national survey within youth prisons to establish who is in youth jails and to interview incarcerated youths of color from across the country to trace how intersecting oppressions contributed to their criminalization.

“The Ford Foundation Fellowship is a wonderful recognition of the important work Dr. Annamma is doing on incarceration issues for students of color with disabilities. This fellowship will give her a full year to continue her research in this area of growing significance,” Rick Ginsberg, dean of the School of Education, said in a press release.

Annamma received her doctorate in special education from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2013 and has contributed to the field through her research on increasing access to equitable education for historically marginalized students and communities, particularly students with disabilities.

She has authored 16 peer-reviewed journal articles and 11 book chapters along with editing two books.

Annamma is active in professional organizations as she collaborates with numerous colleagues and mentors graduate students.

She has served as an associate editor of the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education and is currently on the editorial board of Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners.

Annamma also received the AERA Dissertation Minority Fellowship in Education Research Award in 2013 as well as the 2017 AERA Early Career Research Award.

The Ford Foundation Fellowships support individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement and those committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level and are awarded annually in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation.



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