Alfredo J. Artiles, Distinguished Scholar on Disabilities, Equity, and Education, to Deliver 14th Annual Brown Lecture


The 14th Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research, held by the American Educational Research Association. The title of this year’s lecture is “Re-envisioning Equity Research: Disability Identification Disparities as a Case in Point.”

In his talk, Alfredo J. Artiles, a professor of special education and dean of graduate education at Arizona State University, will discuss longstanding challenges associated with conducting and using research in addressing complex equity problems. Dr. Artiles will examine these issues in the context of research on disability disparities that are historically linked to demographic markers such as race, social class, and gender. This is an equity problem since disability identification is associated with academic achievement gaps, increased school dropouts, differential job market opportunities, and reduced civic engagement. Dr. Artiles’ analysis will critique traditional studies on disability disparities and outline guidelines for the next generation of equity research.

The Brown Lecture illuminates the important role of research in advancing understanding of equality and equity in education. The Brown Lecture was inaugurated by AERA in 2004 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court took scientific research into account in issuing its landmark ruling. Each year a leading scholar notable for producing significant research related to equality in education is invited to give this public lecture in Washington, D.C.

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Artiles is the Ryan C. Harris Professor of Special Education and Dean of the Graduate College at Arizona State University (ASU), and directs the Equity Alliance…

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