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Subini Annamma

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Subini Ancy Annamma

Associate Professor

Assistant: John Baker

Office: CERAS 516


Prior to her doctoral studies, Subini Ancy Annamma was a special education teacher in both public schools and youth prisons. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Her research critically examines the ways students are criminalized and resist that criminalization through the mutually constitutive nature of racism and ableism, how they interlock with other marginalizing oppressions, and how these intersections impact youth education trajectories in urban schools and youth prisons. Further, she positions students as knowledge generators, exploring how their narratives can inform teacher and special education. Dr. Annamma’s book, The Pedagogy of Pathologization (Routledge, 2018) focuses on the education trajectories of incarcerated disabled girls of color and has won the 2019 AESA Critic’s Choice Book Award & 2018 NWSA Alison Piepmeier Book Prize. Dr. Annamma is a past Ford Postdoctoral Fellow, AERA Division G Early Career Awardee, Critical Race Studies in Education Associate Emerging Scholar recipient, Western Social Science Association's Outstanding Emerging Scholar, and AERA Minority Dissertation Awardee. Dr. Annamma’s work has been published in scholarly journals such as Educational Researcher, Teachers College Record, Review of Research in Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, Theory Into Practice, Race Ethnicity and Education, Qualitative Inquiry, among others.

Other Titles

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education

Program Affiliations

Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)
Stanford Accelerator for Learning

Research Interests

Equity in Education | Race and Ethnicity | Special Education

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Recent Publications

Cabral, B., Annamma, S. A., & Morgan, J. (2023). "When You Carry a Lot": The Forgotten Spaces of Youth Prison Schooling for Incarcerated Disabled Girls of Color. TEACHERS COLLEGE RECORD, 125(5), 95–113.

Boveda, M., & Annamma, S. A. (2023). Beyond Making a Statement: An Intersectional Framing of the Power and Possibilities of Positioning. EDUCATIONAL RESEARCHER.

Annamma, S., Cabral, B., Harvey, B., Wilmot, J., Le, A., & Morgan, J. (2023). “When We Come to Your Class … We Feel Not Like We're in Prison”: Resisting Prison-School’s Dehumanizing and (De)Socializing Mechanisms Through Abolitionist Praxis. American Educational Research Journal.

Subini Annamma in the News & Media

Associate Professor Subini Annamma addresses the experiences of seclusion and restraint among Black students with disabilities.
December 28, 2022
Debates about the purpose of critical race theory and about whether it is even taught in schools aren’t useful because they miss a larger point, argues Professor Subini Annamma.
July 29, 2021
Photo of a Black woman's face in a prism-like mirror
February 17, 2021
Research Stories
Associate Professor Subini Annamma speaks to the consequences of aggressive school discipline toward marginalized students during the pandemic.
September 4, 2020
In an op-ed, Associate Professor Subini Annamma discusses the policies and practices in schools that criminalize Black youth.
July 14, 2020
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