Each academic year the School of Arts and Sciences Newark welcomes new faculty from across the liberal arts disciplines. In fall 2021, two new professors began their journey with us, one in Psychology and the other in Urban Education. This semester, we profile our most recent addition the SASN family.
Lauren Shallish is an Associate Professor of Critical Disability Studies in Education in the Urban Education Department. She completed her Masters, C.A.S, and Ph.D. in Disability Studies and Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University, the site of the first disability studies program in the nation.
Shallish’ research examines the hyper-labeling of multiply-minoritized students and how constructs of ability and dis/ability are framed in higher education equity work. She teaches community engaged courses on inclusive and social justice pedagogies, critical disability studies, and qualitative research.
Shallish worked in higher education and urban K-12 settings, most recently as Chief of Staff at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in the Office of Special Education in D.C. Public Schools (Early Stages and the Incarcerated Youth Program), and as a qualitative research assistant for the Center on Institutional and Social Change at Columbia University Law School. In partnership with local teachers, she received local, state, and national grant awards for her work on The Troublemaker Project. This student-led collective received membership into The 1619 Project Education Network for studying the links of ableism/sanism and racism in educational segregation and mass incarceration, and exploring collective movements of resistance and transformation.
Shallish was named a 2015 Exemplary Diversity Scholar for the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) and keynote speaker at Columbia Law School, New York State's Self-Advocates Conference, and New Jersey's Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).
“Disability is an important part of coalition building,” said Shallish. “I look forward to joining with campus and community partners to support the goals of equity and social justice in our schools and city.”