Catherine Voulgarides, PHD

Assistant Professor of Special Education, Education & Special Education

Graduate School of Education

Areas of Expertise

Intersection of race, disability and policy, historically marginalized students


Dr. Catherine Kramarczuk Voulgarides is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Touro College in New York City, New York. She is a sociologist by training, however her scholarship is interdisciplinary. Her work is broadly focused on issues of equity, access, and opportunity for historically marginalized students. In particular, she examines how educational policies and laws impact long standing educational inequities and she questions how intersectional identities relate to the social, historical, and cultural contexts of schools and the teaching and learning process. Her scholarship is grounded in the nexus between theory and practice for praxis. She has worked in the field of education in New York City for over a decade in multiple capacities. She has been a teacher, a researcher, an equity associate, a senior research associate, and is now a professor. She recently wrote a book, published by Teachers College Press in the Disability, Culture, and Equity Series, entitled “Does Compliance Matter in Special Education: IDEA and the Hidden Inequities of Practice.” She has also served as Co-PI on a William T. Grant Foundation small grant entitled “Paradoxes & Inequalities in Special Education and the Law” with Dr. Adai Tefera and Dr. Alfredo Artiles. She currently serves as a Program Co-Chair for the Disability Studies in Education Special Interest Group for the American Education Research Association.


Dr. Kramarczuk received her Doctorate from New York University in Sociology of Education.