Saili Kulkarni, PhD
Assistant Professor, Special Education
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
- 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
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.
- 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
- 2020-2021 Public Voices Fellowship
- 2019 University Scholar Series Selected Presenter
- 2019 Best Practices in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award
- 2019 Faculty in Residence of the Year
- 2018 Curriculum Inquiry Writing Fellows Program at University of Toronto OISE
- 2016 Office of Special Education Programs Personal Prep Grant, Special Education Leaders in Early Childhood Teaching (SELECT-LA) Program Coordinator
- Twitter account | @Dr_Koolkarni
Areas of Research Interest
- Critical race theory
- Disability studies
- Restorative justice
- Special education
- Teacher beliefs
- Teachers of color
- Teacher education
- Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
- Kindred by Octavia Butler
- When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullors
- Available on the Lurie College of Education Spotify account