Meet the Lurie College Faculty | Saili Kulkarni

Dr. Saili S. Kulkarni’s research highlights the beliefs of Special Education teachers of color using Disability Studies and Critical Race Theory (DisCrit). She received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Prior to her work in academia, she was an inclusion specialist in Oakland Unified School District where she worked with students with mild/moderate and moderate/severe disabilities in elementary schools.  Dr. Saili Kulkarni draws from the experiences of teachers and school professionals who support restorative practices for young children in an effort to create more inclusive, safe school environments for all learners.  Read Saili’s full profile below and listen to Saili’s personality playlist on the Lurie College Spotify account!

Assistant Professor, Special Education
Ph.D., Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S., Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Moderate-Severe, Special Education Credential, San Francisco State University
B.A., Psychology, Boston University
Recent Publications
Kulkarni, S. (2017). Disproportionate representation of Asian students in special education: A systematic review of the literature. Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners: Fall 2017, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 19-33.
Kulkarni, S. & *Parmar, J. (2017). Culturally and linguistically diverse student and family perspectives on AAC devices. Augmentative and Alternative Communication International. DOI:10.1080/07434618.2017.1346706
Kulkarni, S., Stacy, J., & Kertyzia, H. (in press, 2019). Collaborative self-study: Advocating for democratic principles and culturally responsive pedagogy in teacher education. The Education Forum.
Kulkarni, S. (2019). A model for critical disability studies in teacher education. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Disability Studies Vol. 2.
Recent Presentations
Kulkarni, S. (2019). A DisCrit Analysis of Special Education Teacher Beliefs about the Intersections of Dis/ability and Race. American Education Research Association Division G Social Contexts of Education. Toronto, CANADA.
Kulkarni, S. (2019). Overlooked and Underserved: A Special Education Teachers’ Counterstory of Smartness and Goodness. American Education Research Association Division B Curriculum Studies Symposium Panel. Toronto, CANADA.
Noteworthy Grants and Awards
2020 Assigned Time for Exceptional Service to Students Award, San Jose State University-0.2-unit release
2020 Central RSCA University Award, San Jose State University
2019 University Scholar Series Selected Research Presenter for Fall San Jose State University, University Research Committee
2019 Best Practices in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Honoree, San Jose State University, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
2019 Faculty in Residence of the Year San Jose State University, University Housing Services
2018 Curriculum Inquiry Writing Fellows Program University of Toronto OISE
Online Resources
Areas of Research Interest
Critical race theory
Disability studies
Restorative justice
Special education
Teacher beliefs
Teachers of color
Teacher education
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